Sunday, December 26, 2010

Bonnie & Clyde

Notoriously stylish, or stylishly notorious?
Photographer: Aram Bedrossian
Models: Ollie Edwards, Elise Digby
Stylist: Carissa Cirino
Source: fashiongoneorgue

Friday, December 24, 2010

My Christmas Eve Night

What do you do when you're alone on the night of Christmas Eve? Well I binged on cake (I now have indigestion) and am watching feel-good movies! And who doesn’t love a good Christmas film? The celebratory spirit, the themes of family, friendship and romance, the inevitable 'moral of the story'—all these contribute to the warm and fuzzy feeling that comes with the season.

The Holiday
"If you were a melody... I used only the good notes."
Bridget Jones Diary
I love Hugh Grant, his accent and sexy crows feet, even though he plays the bad guy.
Love Actually
"I'll just be hanging around the mistletoe, hoping to be kissed."
The Family Stone
This romantic comedy is all somehow true to the message of Christmas. I think this is why I cry. Because when the final element is introduced – that mum is dying of cancer – and Everett and his mother end their bitter spat in tears over this, there is brokenness perfected by love. This is it – this the why of Christmas. We are a broken people, a broken world, with imperfection; there is no sense and no hope until love breaks into this brokenness, right into the thick of it and somehow, makes it beautiful.
While You Were Sleeping
A decently, traditional and predictable romantic comedy that makes you feel all warm and fuzzy inside, and at the end of it all, sigh a sigh of admiration.
The Santa Clause
"Seeing isn't believing. Believing is seeing."
Home Alone
Certainly, a Christmas classic.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Time Keeper

A bling-bling wrist watch is totally passé. Instead of going for something blinged-out, bejeweled or delicately girly, fashionistas opt for the minimalist. Today I bought a sleek minimal watch, and I plan to team it with everything from luxe casuals to urban separates. And it satisfies the dandy boy in me. My recent favourite is Uniformwares. (Top to bottom: Takumi, Oclock, Nixon, Uniformwares)

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

White Christmas

I'm dreaming of a white Christmas 
Just like the ones I used to know. 

Where the treetops glisten,
And children listen
To hear sleigh bells in the snow.
I'm dreaming of a white Christmas
With every Christmas card I write.
May your days be merry and bright.
And may all your Christmases be white.

White Christmas - Bing Crosby

Holiday Magic

Now that I've really been able to spend my time focusing on the holiday magic, (waiting for my white Christmas) rather than being too busy, I've had the time to spend much needed QT, making memories with family and relatives who I love, and some new friends, and I've realized my favorite things about the Christmas season are limitless. 

Festive gatherings, greeting cards, metallic tinsels, kris kringle, Christmas carols played universally, the spirit of joy and giving, the sound of Salvation Army bells ringing from every street corner and subway station. 

I love the falling snow flakes and contemplating on how each is unique and different, and all the twinkle Christmas lights. I love Michael Buble's Christmas album, the one by Glee cast, and decided that John Mayer really needs to make one too. 

But what will top the list this year as my favourite thing about the holiday season, is to tell people the true reason for the season. It's also the one time of the year that I get to wish the people on the phone, the bank teller and the bus driver a "(very) Merry Christmas," and I think that's what makes me most happy. 

By the way, I just came back from a Christmas party dressed, unintentionally and amusingly, better yet voguishly, as a Christmas tree - a lovely deep pine green poncho, woolen red scarf, and thick black tights. And I think I may have played the most intense game of Jenga in my life.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Obsession Du Jour: Capes

When you crave muffins, all you see are muffins. I'm obsessed with capes. And all I see on the street, online, in magazines, in boutiques are, oui! Capes!
Sources:,, google image search

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Handbag Wish List: Proenza Schouler, Celine, Chloe, Mulberry

I'm in need of a new handbag.  My black leather Veronika Maine chain bag is looking tres fatigue! Well,I mean another new handbag (bought a tan Proenza Schouler-esque structured beauty several days ago). Christmas is near, so feel free to surprise me dear family, friends, and secret admirers! I like bags that are refined and minimal, that are the epitome of laid back confident femininity, and modern, yet classic. I'm usually keen on neutral colours like tan, camel, taupe, cream, and of course, noir! Below is my handbag wish list.

I want to be buried in a pile of these perfectly timeless Celine flap bags.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Films I'm dying to see

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows 1
I. really. can't. wait. any. longer. I know this film's already showing in most countries. But here in my motherland of South Korea, it has yet to be released, pitifully because of subtitles. Subtitles totally distract me. I'm annoyed. Boo.

Never Let Me Go
I'm dying with anticipation to see this film, with Keira Knightly, and my style muse, Carey Mulligan. (I just adored her in An Education.)  The aesthetic of the film is very nostalgic and very British, not too different from the costumes of An Education. Both is said to perfectly capture English schooling, coming of age, future and identity. The movie stills just look beautiful.

The Black Swan
I love psychological thrillers that mess with my head. This is going to be one of them. The Black Swan cast includes one of my favourites, Natalie Portman, and stunning costume designs by Rodarte is enough to make me want to see it.

Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader
(Quote from C.S. Lewis: Letters to Children, p52-53) A mother once wrote to C.S. Lewis on behalf of her son Laurence who, having read The Chronicles of Narnia, became concerned that he loved Aslan more than Jesus. Lewis responds: 'Lawrence can't really love Aslan more than Jesus, even if he feels that's what he is doing. For the things he loves Aslan for doing or saying are simply the things Jesus really did and said. So that when Laurence thinks he is loving Aslan, he is really loving Jesus; and perhaps loving Him more than he ever did before. If I were Lawrence I'd just say in my prayers something like this: "Dear God, if the things I've been thinking and feeling about those books are things You don't like and are bad for me, please take away those feelings and thoughts. But if they are not bad, then please help me from worrying about them. ...and if Mr. Lewis has worried any other children by" his books or done them any harm, then please forgive him and help him never to do it again"...'

The Man from Nowhere
This movie seems to be living up to all its hype. It won something equivalent to Best Film and Best Actor Academy awards in Korea, starring Won Bin - I love this man.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Jason Wu Pre-Fall 2011

Jason Wu does it again! He may not be an adventurous innovator, nor is this collection groundbreaking, but Jason Wu always creates stylish and wearable pieces, with this one having hints of 60's, 70's fashion. The Pre-Fall collection is another impressive example of fine workmanship, very clean lines and no fuss designs. Oh, and such elegant, muted colour palette.
 Source: Fashiongonerogue
Model: Ming Xi, Julia Saner

I am 23, going on 13

This has almost nothing to do with the Sound of Music. Let me just say that apparently I’m 30 going on 13. I don’t know what happened bu...