Tropical Christmas

top, socks and boots: Monki / shorts: market in Bangkok / accessories: H&M & American Apparel

An almost all Monki ensemble from me again. 
I spent Christmas with family for lunch, tea with my uncle, then dinner with friends and finally drinks in KL's infamous Sky Bar. Definitely a day to feel blessed.


My Favourite Blazer

Blazer: Monki / t-shirt: Cotton On / shorts: Cheap Monday

I unpacked my favourite blazer today. I love it's kimono-like shape, it brings an easygoing element to a traditionally structured item of clothing. I got this while I was still working at Monki and bought it the day I unpacked it from our store delivery! It's definitely one of our best-selling items, plus it has a cute name - Lara Stone blazer! I've worn this out and about in London a few times to go out dancing; good times, good times! The gemstones that adorn it really evoke starry nights and gives it that extra pizzazz so you stand out on the dance floor and in group pictures ;)  You can still get one online at Monki! I guarantee it is worth the £50 price tag.

I really miss being a Monki girl!

Let Lana tell you how depressed I feel here in Malaysia and our perpetual sunshine. How I long for cool weather, short but sunny days and to wear my favourite jumpers and beanies.



Festive Mood

Marc by Marc Jacobs script ring / evil eye bracelet from Brandy Melville

Christmas is in 2 days so I decided to paint my nails to get into a festive mood. I don't have any reds so I chose OPI's Wing It! from their Summer Flutter collection instead. It's hot pink, it's shimmery, and it sets a happy mood. I bought this Marc by Marc Jacobs ring last year at Harvey Nichol's boxing day sale for only £20 - such a steal! I'm a huge Marc fan but a poor graduate student :(

Also I wanted to showcase my now 1 month old septum piercing! Got it done in Leeds at the Corn Exchange and I am still obsessed! Really contemplating taking out my old nose stud now but that would kind of mean throwing away the £20 I spent to get it done. What to do?!



Street Snapped! Asos Fashion Finder @ Carnaby Street

Zip dress: Monki / shoes: Superga / (pleather) jacket: Primark / bag: Roxy / scarf: Vivienne Westwood

It is a (very thinly veiled) dream of mine to be unexpectedly street snapped as I go about my day. The fashion gods decided to smile upon me that one afternoon in October when The Nyanzi Report caught me on my way home from work in Carnaby Street. Thanks bro, you really made my day! Check me out on his Asos Fashion Finder page.

I really miss working at Carnaby Street! (and being a Monki girl)


Abbey Road

Trousers: Urban Outfitters / Jacket: Primark / Sneakers: H&M

Left foot; right foot

I'm just mindlessly wandering through life in this post-academic stupor.

Abbey Road was a 10 minute walk from my flat and I miss those days I'd walk there sit outside the studios and just watch tourists risk their lives for a photo.




I kind of like how fashion really does come in cycles. Was online Christmas shopping today on Urban Outfitters when this blouse by Little White Lies London caught my eye:

Now doesn't that remind you a little of this Viktor and Rolf for H&M blouse circa 2006?

I remember lusting after this blouse when the first promo images were released. Back then we didn't have a H&M and I didn't have access to a credit/debit card. Now my girlhood dream of owning this sweetheart blouse shall be realised! However, at £85 I think it's a bit much to ask for a design that's 7 years old and not even a slice of the Viktor + Rolf designer pie. If that doesn't stop you, you can buy the blouse in the first image at Urban Outfitters online. Happy (Xmas) shopping!



Missed Flavours

1) Snowflake's cold bestseller and soya ice series
2) Nasi lemak, ice lemon tea and kedondong juice (in English? Google says 'ambarella' juice) from Village Park
3) Banana leaf feast at Nirwana with long-missed friends

Being away for two years means that I have had a lot of catching up to do food-wise. I've missed the fiery sensation of spices, the different textures, abundance of cultural choice and most of all, Snowflake's cold bestseller in all its grass jelly-taroballs-creamer goodness! I didn't miss you Malaysia, but I really did miss your people and their cooking.



Invaluable Mementos

My dad asked me today if a rat had chewed on my shoe (this is a common occurrence where I live when you leave things outside the house). A similar situation happened when my cousin (she's 9) asked me if I was too poor to buy a new shoe because the one I was wearing had a huge hole in it.

I can replace this shoe, but I don't want to. It reminds me of my first trip to Amsterdam, at my first house party. There was wine, there was good music, there were too many bodies packed together in the huge loft. I remember the moment we were introduced: chemistry, that glint in our eyes, how he suddenly kissed me against the wall. Next thing I knew we stumbled inebriated into the frosty Dutch night. I can clearly remember watching the trees and the canals of Amsterdam past my feet as I sat on the back of his bicycle with his hands on top of mine inside his coat pockets reassuring me that everything was under control, "You're in Amsterdam, this is normal."

Then that shock when drunk ol' me got my foot caught in the spoke of his wheel. He cursed in Dutch and I screamed "fuck fuck fuck" as I hopped off. It was 3am and we were in the middle of the road. We stood under the streetlight and laughed and continued on our way.

This shoe represents all the things in life that I love: foreign countries, kissing, meeting irresistible strangers, just following wherever life takes you. No plans, no expectations, no worries - just this unspoken trust between two people. He kisses me again and I know how this night is going to end. I hardly know this guy, I know I'll never see him again. I'm not looking for Mr Right but I need Mr Right Now. I can replace this shoe, but I don't want to.



Don't Save Me

It's been exactly two weeks since I last touched down in KL.

Lots of things can change in two years and I felt like a foreign tourist in my own country. I'm missing London like crazy. I don't know what I am doing in my life. I feel like a zombie. Eat, sleep, watch some TV, repeat.

I won't lie, it was nice to see my family and friends again but right now I don't know how to move forward from here. I am in limbo. I know this though, I want to figure it out on my own. I don't need saving.