Break Up With Your Birkin, I’m Bored

No shade, Hermes. The Birkin bag needs to be put away inside the closet once and for all. Even though I wanted to wear one, I feel that it’s never felt right for me to wear it as I’m a little too young for the design. Also, Birkins are for aspiring Hilton-Kardashian acolytes who wish they can have the luxury to do sacrilegious things to the “Holy Grail” of handbags. Either they can go HAM by bedazzling it or worse, covering it with a heinous painting. I know it ain’t right to tell you to put your Birkin away, but it’s time to say, “thank you, next!”.

You could call me crazy, but the one long forgotten “It” bag you must rock this season is the Fendi Baguette. Compact, yet spacious, the Baguette’s rectangular silhouette made it a hit in 1997. Rather than having a plain surface, the Baguette came in every design imaginable: beaded, mirrored, fur trimmed, bedazzled, embroidered, etc.

Due to its party-friendly design, it’s got a long waiting list and a big celebrity clientele from Madonna, Jennifer Lopez and Paris Hilton. However, the one thing that made Fendi’s Baguette the “It” bag of the ’90s and early ’00s was the fact that it appeared on Sex and the City.

Spotted in a giraffe print dress with Manolo Blahnik strappy sandals and a purple sequined Fendi Baguette, Carrie Bradshaw (played by Sarah Jessica Parker) got lost on the way to go shoe shopping and asked a stranger for directions. However, her plans to get around NYC didn’t go as expected:

Also, Samantha Jones (Kim Cattrall) wore a fake Baguette to shake hands with Hugh Hefner:

…and she fought with a Playboy Bunny over a FENDI BAG!

Even though I was too young to watch SATC at that time, I never forgot the fact that I saw my mom wear different iterations of the Baguette as she watched the show. Heck, she even tore out a Fendi ad featuring a model wearing a Baguette!

It’s now hanging on my wall!

Although my mom doesn’t wear her Baguettes anymore, she’s waited patiently for nearly 20 years for me to wear them again. Even long before the #BaguetteFriendsForever campaign was released this week, I’ve been sporting my mom’s vintage Baguette since last fall:

Now that it’s officially relaunched, I’m not here to tell you to get a Baguette because of a hashtagged post. Instead, I am here to tell you that Baguettes are worth a treasure to keep for a lifetime as its campy statement-making design will amplify any outfit no matter what the trend or aesthetic is at the moment. While another “It bag” has yet to be revived anytime soon, I am never breaking up with my Baguette even if I get bored.

Urban Cowgirl 2.0: How To Wear Cowboy Boots

You heard it first, y’all! Cowgirl dressing is ALL the rage this year. Since 2017, I always knew that dressing up like a cowgirl is going to be coming in HOT since Miley, Beyoncé and Gaga wore cowboy hats, boots and prairie dresses. As much as we wanna throw on our vintage Gunne Sax dresses, it’s not as practical as say, a pair of cowboy boots!

In fact, cowboy boots were a thing since the ’80s. (Just ask Axl and every other boy in Sunset Strip!) Although they weren’t that popular in the ’90s, it became hot again in Y2K all thanks to the likes of Miley Cyrus, Mary-Kate Olsen (who wore a pair of vintage Roy Rogers bootsBritney Spears and Rihanna.

Now that we are in an era where Air Maxes are king, a pair of cowboy boots is bound to shake up our closets again. Offering a breath of fresh air, a single pair of cowboy boots can either make or break your outfit. While you can ditch the cardigan at LAX (or wherever you’re at), all you need is just a dream to cook up some ultra hot OOTD ideas!

If this is your first time wearing trying out this trend, don’t shy away from it! Here are some less intimidating ways on how you can wear it IRL:

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The 10 No BS Skincare Products That I Actually Use

Skin has always been in.

No matter how many glasses of water we have to drink a day, sipping eight glasses isn’t going to sit there and save your skin from pimples, scars and all kinds of other factors that affect your face.

For the past four years, I’ve struggled with acne when I started university. Honestly, it wasn’t fun. Despite being surrounded by warm weather, organic restaurants and sunshine in L.A., the pluses didn’t save me from dealing with the cons of bumpy breakouts. Not only did I break out with flaming red bumps, I also had cysts alongside a bad habit of picking at my zits. I had to see different skincare docs left and right, but none of them saved my skin until my mom sent me to one who was recommended by her friend.  As much as I wanted to blame my countless hours of studying, what *really* did me in was not using the right skincare products.

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Yeah, it was really this bad.

Listen, finding the right skincare is as challenging as searching for a shoe that truly fits. Or, a new BFF. Unlike a human being, a skincare product will listen to your skin and fix every flaw from the get go. Even if you eat a slice of pizza, your skin will still look good if you use the right product.

I know a handful of you really admire my skin, but the journey to flawless skin took me three years to achieve it. If you want to know the exact products I use, I’m finally ready to spill my secrets!

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The 5 Types of Underwear You Need for Your Jeans

It’s Friday night and you just got dressed in your favorite jeans. Despite the comfort, style and shape, an evenly curved ridge appears near the back pockets. If eating a piece of garlic bread on a first date is a bad idea, then having a bad case of VPL is the biggest nightmare!

Truth be told, there’s no “Goldilocks” situation for your underwear as all jeans are not created equal. Since VPL and mismatched underwear are one of my biggest pet peeves, this is where the search for the right underwear begins:

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The Hack You Need to Try: The Swimsuit as Bodysuit

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I honestly cannot believe that it’s August. With summer still here, the dog days certainly aren’t over. Ever since coming back to Singapore, I’ve been resorting to wearing nothing but cotton-breathing bodysuits and sweat-friendly apparel. Sick and tired of having to constantly launder my items after one wear, I’ve decided to pull out the one thing that you’ll never normally wear outside the house: the swimsuit.

Thanks to the lycra fibers, it’s no secret that the swimsuit is summer’s hottest staple. Here are two ways you can try this trend:

  1. The Babechella

IMG_4386IMG_4388Giant Vintage sunglasses | Stella and Bow choker |  Rodarte necklace | Vintage Anna Sui top | Mandalynn swimsuit | Tripp NYC skirt | vintage ’90s backpack | Birkenstock x Heidi Klum sandals

Although Coachella was four months ago, it’s always lingering in my mind like the way Lana del Rey thinks about Woodstock. As festival season is still here, you can snag your tickets for We the Fest, Neon Lights or F1, which are super rad music festivals in Jakarta and Singapore. (Thankfully, those festivals are not something to miss out while you’re planning your post-summer getaways!)

Show off that festival spirit with a whole lotta crochet, vinyl and velvet!

2. Somewhere Over the Rainbow

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IMG_4378Giant Vintage sunglasses | Stella and Bow choker |  Rodarte necklace | DKNY jacket| Mandalynn swimsuit | RE/Done Jeans | vintage Versace bag | Chloé sandals

The late, great Judy Garland was right: never doubt the power of a rainbow. As much as I love a whole lotta color, don’t be afraid to go the extra mile by experimenting with your palette. To pull this off, use denim as your base and start from there. Try out endless combos to see what you can get!

Will you try this trend?

 

 

Similar (in order of appearance): Princess Polly PVC skirt |Vintage ’90s smiley face backpack Princess Polly denim jacket | Sophia Webster sandals 

All photos by Audrey Kwok

La Bella Vita with Stella and Bow

IMG_4215Giant Vintage sunnies | Are You Am I bodysuit | Reformation skirt | Marni belt | Stella and Bow jewelry | Ziio bracelet | Hello Kitty scrunchie | Balinese artisan-made bag | Amelie Pichard x Pamela Anderson shoes

Moving out of NYC sucks, but coming back to Singapore feels great! After being stuck in the snow for two months, all I really want is some warmer temps. As much as I want to rock my PVCs and leather in this little island, it’s literally too hot and humid to do that. So, I just had to remind myself (in the haze of the jet lag blur) that I need to start wearing breathable fabrics. Not to mention, that must also include cute jewelry!

In this case, I cannot resist myself from Stella and Bow’s newest Riviera jewelry collection. Inspired by Mexico, the L.A.-based jewelry brand exudes island vibes that make me feel like I’m in the country’s beautiful sandy beaches. (FYI, I’ve never been to Mexico, but I REALLY wanna go so badly!!!) From their 14K vermeil golds, opal stones and shimmering sterling silvers, I am immediately in love with the timelessness of each piece.

Most importantly, must such a beautiful treasure have a hefty price tag? No! Thankfully, each piece is extremely affordable at the price of a restaurant meal. Seriously, you must NOT sleep on Stella and Bow’s budget-friendly beauties!

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FullSizeRender 2Hafa Hoops – $60.00

FullSizeRender 4El Anciote choker – $68 | Punta Vista necklace – $85

Tell me, what will you wear this collection with?

All jewelry from Stella and Bow were sent to me as samples

P.S. Sorry if my photos aren’t high-res enough! I just got back from NYC and when I do jewelry selfies, my angles suck! 😝

#HERSSENTIALS: The Basic Black Dress

image origial _ HBGPhotography - 223.jpgAmerican Apparel U-Neck dress |Vintage Moto jacket| Stuart Weitzman sandals | Chanel backpack | Wendy Brandes stud 

It’s Happy Hump Day Round 2! Look what I found in my closet: a basic black dress!! If I don’t have one, it’s because I was dumb not to invest in one. Everyone else, you and your mother says that you need to have a black dress. Yeah, so do I. I have to admit that I may sound kinda basic when I say this, but honestly, I have to come clean at the fact that I got 5% of basic in me. Speaking of basic, I have more than one white tee in different cuts along with some naked sandals in black and nude. Chokers and skinny jeans count, too. But when it comes to black dresses, there are endless options. If there is one black dress I am willing to pull out, it’s American Apparel’s U-Neck dress.

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