Color Pop

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Wearing: Top from Bugis Street (similar one from Topshop), American Apparel high waisted shorts, Rubi jelly sandals (similar here)

Photography by Ruth Lee

As I edit and browse through this last photography post taken in 2014, I think to myself how fitting it is that I ended it with a trip to a museum. As a former art student and a huge appreciator of the arts, I am almost always taking time off to visit a museum or two with Ruth, a public space which we are both at home in. We have been slowly making our rounds around all the art spaces in Singapore and it is so fortunate that as a Singapore Citizen/Permanent Resident we are allowed to soak up most art galleries in our city free of charge. Ruth loves museums even more than I do, and it was her brilliant idea to visit the Peranakan Museum which we had never set foot in before. I remembered Peranakan culture as something I used to study with dread back in the day during Literature class, and all knowledge of it since then cast aside, however Ruth is part Peranakan and that fueled my interest to restudy this hybrid culture with a more enthusiastic mindset this time.

Purely due to the beautiful graffiti we chanced upon right beside the museum exterior, we decided upon an impromptu fashion shoot featuring the graffiti as a backdrop. As we all know one thing leads to another, and obviously being avid photography nuts we ended up with a huge set of photos. It is interesting to note that I am almost always dressed in casual clothes such as these on my days off exploring art or nature, as opposed to my usual dressy made up self in town. A simple tee, shorts and a pair of sandals are all I really need, lending a freedom of ease and convenience that I sometimes forget to give myself.

Florals and Hidden Treasures

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Wearing: Forever 21 romper (similar here), Topshop boots (similar here)

Photography by Ruth Lee

Florals for spring. Maybe Miranda Priestly would not have approved, but I love me a light, fresh, floral look on a sunny day. Having traditionally feminine taste at times, I tend to go a little crazy over dainty, ladylike, nature-inspired prints. Don them on a cute little romper and give me an hour or two under the sun frolicking about in the grass and I am absolutely content. This adorable number from Forever 21 is one of my most convenient favorite outfits to wear absolutely anywhere, but especially on dates or on hikes due to how comfortable and chic it looks.

You probably recognize the backdrop of this shoot from my post on Ancient Rail Corridors way back in December, and more than two months later, here it is. (I really need to work on getting all the fashion shoots I did last year out of the way.) Despite this post being way too late, it remains one of my all time favorite photoshoots. I had been anxious to find a spot along the trail to shoot this pretty print, and when I saw a dilapidated green shed standing lone and forgotten a little out of the way, I fell in love immediately and knew I had to use it as a backdrop. It was perfect; I especially loved how my worn leather boots complemented the grubbiness of the shed.

Also, owing to Ruth being a very conceptual and out-of-the-box photographer, I was forced to lie at the side of a gravelly tunnel for some low-lighting mood shots. If I looked uncomfortable in the picture, it is because I was, but the shots turned out uniquely avant-garde, and I managed to remove almost all the stones and sandy bits out of my hair after that, so all was well. This is why I love adventures with Ruth so much, we never know where and what we’ll end up doing for the sake of art.

Chinese Garden

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Photographs by Hee Teck Lye

It was such a peaceful and breezy morning when this shoot took place. In all honesty, despite the turnout of beautiful pictures in each of my fashion posts, most of time, due to typical Singapore weather, the location would be sweltering hot which actually makes for great lighting. However it usually means a physically uncomfortable shoot for me, and I am usually too obsessed with getting my shots right to have time to take in the gorgeous scenery at the same time. This shoot was unusually comfortable for me, because the winds were in my favor and blowing my hair in very flattering patterns all up my face and thanks to the natural ventilation, I was able to stay cool, relax and breathe throughout the shoot, taking in the gorgeous landscape. I had a smile on my face almost throughout the entire duration I was there, and in between shots, I could literally feel my spirits lift. There is a lot more to the Chinese Garden than is revealed through these pictures, and I am planning on returning in the near future for another fashion shoot, this time to capture some of the other bridges and pretty foliage.

The funny thing was there were two other groups also doing photoshoots at the same time. We gathered that because Chinese New Year was approaching, the pagodas were a popular spot. Due to the congestion, all of us models, photographers, and random assortment of crew were squeezed onto two of the tiny pagodas and courteously taking turns to use the space, which I thought was very gracious of everyone, and made for an even more wonderful shoot.

Happy New Year of the Sheep everyone! It is my year as I am born under the Chinese zodiac of the Sheep! Wishing all of you, but especially my fellow sheep signs, a blessed year ahead.

Dollhouse

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Wearing: The Editor’s Market printed cropped tee (similar here), Cache Cache navy playsuit (similar here), booties from Zhejiang street stalls (similar here)

Photos by Ruth Lee

At times, we need to to get away to a space where creativity can run free, away from the bustle of everyday responsibilities, to explore concepts or ideas that linger in our minds. This shoot which took place sometime last year was a prime example of that. Amidst family vacations and school responsibilities that took us away from each other, my girlfriend and I went on a mini adventure to Xiao Gui Ling for aĀ  fashion shoot early one Saturday morning, only to realize other photographers were out location scouting as well. Xiao Gui Ling is indeed a beautiful place where creative minds congregate to get inspired. An hour or two there with a picnic, a shoot where conceptual ideas flowed like water and then hurrying away to beat sudden storm clouds, definitely left us with lighter hearts and footsteps for the rest of the week.

Karon Temple

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Wearing: Phuket street stall harem pants (similar here), CC Double O sandals (similar here), Juicy Couture necklace (similar here), Perlini’s Silver Necklace (similar here), Tocco Toscano bag (similar here), The Moon Label rose quartz ring (similar here)

Photos by Hee Teck Lye

As mentioned in my earlier Phuket posts, I was hooked and completely in love with the local street clothing finds at Phuket since day one, these harem pants being the best and the cheapest of my finds. Every female tourist in Phuket was wearing these harem pants, and its no wonder as they are loose, comfy and the print designs on them are so exotic and elegant! To be more accurate, most tourists (a large portion were westerners) were wearing them as a pant, but I being the five foot three (160cm) small dwarf that I am, they fitted perfectly as a jumpsuit. I am not sure whether to laugh or cry at this, but the fact remains that this piece was immensely comfortable and made me feel like an Arabian princess floating about the streets. Paired with my new leather sandals from CC Double O, I felt decidedly middle eastern and foreign in this get-up. It was easily one of my favorite outfits of the trip, and I knew I had to find a perfect location to shoot this in. When I saw Karon Temple with its gold, red and blue-green hues, I was immediately convinced this peacock feather-like print would complement the temple grounds perfectly and I was not wrong.

Red Dot

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Wearing: Bella Kini red bikini (similar here), Havaianas sandals

Photos by Hee Teck Lye

The sun… sand… and sea! I can’t get enough of these three things. Paradise must be a beach island with filled with these three elements and all the contentment in the world. Once again through these photos, I am back at Karon Beach, re-living the moments I spent there and missing this place so much more than I thought I would! I had oodles of fun on this shoot, naturally, as waves and I are best friends and I love playing in the sea. Every single moment spent on this beach was pure magic. I have never felt so alive! There must have been something about the pure bliss radiating from the other wonderful humans sharing the beach, as well as inexplicably delightful teasing waves that made this one of the best experiences of my trip.

Stone

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Wearing: House of Sunny Contrast Ovalong Bomber, H&M turtleneck cropped top (similar here), Cache Cache skirt (similar here), H&M sneakers (similar here), Baggu backpack (similar here), Star ofĀ  David clear quartz necklace

Photos by Ruth Lee

First of all, I hope 2015 is treating all of you right and you are off to a fabulous start, energized and raring to take the year on! Thank you for your constant support on my blog and instagram, it is deeply appreciated, and I wish the best for all of you.

I admire and adore nature for all its calming, healing wonders, but at heart I am undoubtedly a city girl. I grew up loving shopping malls and my idea of a relaxing walk could be merely coasting the streets of Orchard Road with my best friend, in the heart of Singapore’s city and shopping district. There is just something about the bustling, ever changing landscape and opulence of the shops that draws me, and simply window shopping and looking at what’s new enthralls and energizes me to no end. This opinion wasn’t popular among my previous dates, however, most of whom shunned crowds and absolutely detested shopping malls. I, on the other hand, journey here alone at times for actual spiritual rejuvenation and a day spent in the city with my bestie can do wonders for my spirits! I definitely am a person who recharges through the energy of others.

In this shoot, I am wearing something a little different than what is usually seen on the streets of Singapore, an oversized coat from House of Sunny that is snug and perfect for the sudden bout of chilly weather here on this tropical isle. This is probably the most prized piece of clothing in my wardrobe right now, I simply adore the neutral tones and comfy fit. I can’t wait to see how this coat looks in true blue winter weather abroad one of these days.