Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Green rain jacket

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Because, jacket and shorts like it's hot and cold. 

Do you sometimes flip through magazines and question what is going on when male models are wearing jackets with shorts? It does not make sense on a functional level and you ask like everyone else if he is hot or cold. Let's clarify it once and for all that pairing jackets with shorts is more than just an aesthetic as there are light weight jackets that keep one away from wind and chill during spring or autumn.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Beach to bar and back

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Because, from beach to bar to beach. 

Resort wear has become a common style with labels like Orlebar Brown and Parke & Ronen designing each collection as year round clothing rather than just for the holiday season. While a sense of relaxation is still fundamental to achieving a resort or beach look, the focus on affluence and style is also paramount.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Bali - The serene and the vibrant

Bali has become synonymous with sea, spa, shopping, cuisine and night life over the years and it is easy to see why. There is a sense of genuine warmth and welcome from the locals and the strong traditional beliefs and authenticity are still well and alive even when the island boasts some of the most pristine beaches, luxurious resorts and best cuisines.

The appeal of Bali is endless with activities that will cater to different age groups. Seasoned or new travellers either looking for a relaxing respite or seeking a chaotic buzz can often take away an experience that will boost their Instagram likes or make engaging dinner conversations. From savouring fresh seafood to exploring natural sites, enjoying the serene beaches to hitting the vibrant night life, Bali is the ultimate getaway at your fingertips.  

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

East Dane Black Friday sale

Black Friday is here again and unless you live in America, this means very little to most of us. It is that time of the year when US retailers offer promotional sales to kick off the shopping season. The good folks at East Dane however are offering something special to all its customers regardless of where you live. 

So fellows, this is your chance to grab that jacket or jumper for winter that you have been eyeing. Visit East Dane for more information and use code "GOBIG14" at checkout and you are on your way to looking spiffy for the colder months. While you frantically put together your shopping list, here are 5 statement items that I am crushing at the moment (which I have no qualms that you will too).

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Bangkok - Where old and new collide

Bangkok is a one of those few cities where rapid modernisation and yesteryear village living sit side by side distinctly. You could be staying at one of the most luxurious hotels or apartments and there would be lines of old style shophouses and street food stalls when you walk out of the lobby. That contrast is what makes this city of 8 million one of my favourites.

The Thai capital has become an international hub for finance and business which explains the constant emerging of skyscrapers. It is renown for cheap food, bargain shopping and vibrant night life which makes it an attractive destination for tourists. For those who want to experience the cultural side, there are heaps of temples, palaces and the river markets which would make great opportunity for your selfie sticks).

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Matchesfashion.com Sydney pop up

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Matchesfashion.com made its way down under over last weekend for a pop up shop to give us a glimpse of its SS15 collection. Taking up residency at the Martin Browne Contemporary gallery, customers were treated to an installation of branded boxes, video projection, Messina gelato and of course the current and next season’s edit.

The UK retailer opened its first bricks and mortar store in 1987 and entered the e-commerce space six years ago. Despite the saturation of online stores Matchesfashion.com has come up as one of the stronger players, with Australia being its third biggest market. It is easy to see why when you look at their selections; they offer brands and items that you do not usually find in local retailers or other online destinations.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Tokyo - Capital of the Rising Sun

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Tokyo is a weird and wonderful city, where bright neon lights and effortlessly stylish locals line the streets. The city is the world's largest with a population of over 37 million but it never once felt over-crowded nor intrusive in terms of personal space since the Japanese are most polite and considerate.

Apart from copious etiquettes, Tokyo is also renown for its shopping, food and nightlife. From the endless strips of luxury stores in Ginza to the cute and quirky boutiques in Harajuku, the tiny ramen bars to the award-winning sushi houses, Tokyo is a haven for those who seek leisure, pleasure and entertainment. The city also boasts some of the most beautiful parklands and gardens that provide respite from the concrete and bustling vibe.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Tokyo street style

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On the last day of our Tokyo trip, we figured the best thing to do is to re-visit our favourite Cat Street in Harajuku. Running about 3 to 4 blocks on each side of Omotesando, Cat Street is the fashion hub where effortlessly stylish locals hang out and where hip, upmarket boutiques like Opening Ceremony, Lanvin en Bleu, District United Arrows are located.

As we shop-hopped and ended with more shopping bags than we could carry, I realised I have yet to capture the trendy locals whose sense of style appeared perfectly innate. It was hard not to miss the fedora hats (amongst other headwear), variety of bags, slim cropped blazers, well-thought out outfits and most importantly their quiet but confident nature at carrying their looks.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Casual chic

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Because, trying hard to be casual.

Casual chic is defined as dressing down in a stylish manner but for something that sounds casual and effortless, it is not merely about throwing on a pair of jeans and T-shirt. Achieving a casual chic look is as much about how you wear the clothes as it is about what you wear.