2014/07/14

lazy Sunday

When I was a kid, I hated Sundays. There was something about the air of nothing to do, which made me feel uneasy floating in the twenty-four hour time span. That is why even now I am always trying to make myself do something, even if only for the sake of doing something, just to escape that old Sunday feeling.
Last Sunday, in the middle of laundry and watching odd films, I finally got round to play with some jewellery the people at Infinitine were kind enough to send over. I have a thing for decorations that don't look like decorations, be it simple lines of metal or chains or light bulbs (although pearl and gold clad in this case). This vintage Issey Miyake Men shirt I bought recently is perfect to make the jewellery stand out, and at the same time it matches the whole lazy-to-life mood.

ALL JEWELLERY - C/O INFINITINE | SHIRT - ISSEY MIYAKE MEN (VIA NIBUNNOICHI) | SHORTS - H&M | SPAGHETTI TOP - MONKI

2014/07/09

I left my soul in Seoul.

A follow up of my last post. Selected moments from my (second) trip to Seoul in June.
Although many of them remain imprinted in my mind only, not on my camera's memory card. A street party in a playground taken over by street artists and young kids. A street musician playing old Coldplay songs (damn well). A modern dandy smoking outside of a suit shop. A family restaurant's owner explaining the kinds of meat each meal is made of using gestures and facial expressions only. A rooftop hangout with chamisul, makkoli, and corn cone crisps (They are the sh*t.). A flea market where a famous actor (apparently) buys your friend tequila while his friend googles him for her. Seoul is the kind of place that makes you want to experience it through your own senses directly rather than through the lens of your camera.

2014/07/06

Rooftop Art in Mullae

One of my favourite spots from my last trip to Seoul in June was Mullae (물래), an industrial area surrounded by tall blocks of flats, where artists started setting up their studios and turning the concrete rooftops into their canvases and exhibition rooms.
As most good places, this one comes without tourist guides, so when we got there we found ourselves surrounded by heavy industry, and heavy stares from the local workers. After giving it some thought, we figured that the only way to figure out where to go was to randomly climb one of those rooftops and see everything from above. And so began our series of rooftop-climbing, sometimes ending up on the building right next to the one we wanted to go to. But it was all well worth it. Mullae is very atmospheric and very, I'd say, real. It's certainly not a place for everyone, but definitely a great spot for those who indulge in urban landscapes, or street art, or both... and who don't mind getting a bit of city dust on them in the process.

2014/07/03

everyday white.

If I don't wear black, I wear white.
And instead of mixing them together in equal amounts for a chess board effect, I like to go over the top with one of them, adding only small accents of the other. You might say that it makes putting together an outfit easier, as you do only have one colour, but rather than that, I find that it leaves you undistracted to play with textures and volumes. And that has been 'the thing' for me recently instead of combining different prints or colours. I like the combination of lace and the silky spaghetti top, the grid cut-outs against the skin of my legs, the accenting and deforming of my body shape.
P.S. After 21 years, I have come to the life-changing discovery that I do not need eyebrows. It might make me look a bit less human (Is that even a bad thing?), but it also allows me to spend the time I would normally use to draw my eyebrows sipping filtered coffee, my recent morning addiction habit.


GRID PENCIL SKIRT - C/O FRONTROWSHOP | SPAGHETTI TOP - MONKI | GREY LACE BRA - MONKI | SNEAKERS - NIKE AIR MAX | SNAPBACK - BOY LONDON | KNUCKLE RINGS - H&M | NECKLACE - C/O FRONTROWSHOP

2014/06/27

everyday black.

After my first pair of sneakers in about 10 years comes another shock - a backpack! Aside from the visual trauma of badly designed sports backpacks being 'the thing' pretty much my entire childhood, I'd been refusing to wear backpacks also because I find them uncomfortable - having to take them off every time I need to take something out really irks me. I have been thinking about getting a small leather one recently though, because I like the look, and it allows you to have both hands free if you need to. Also because it's far removed from the massive trekking backpacks, I can carry it on one shoulder and take things out and put them in while walking without having to stop.
I got really excited over this one Motel Vintage was kind enough to send over. Motel's Vintage range is about making one-offs by recycling vintage pieces, which means that even if the basic design of two garments is similar, they always slightly differ in patterns or textures. This backpack for instance was made from vintage leather jackets, and knowing that, you can see it in its texture, which slightly reminds me of patchwork, but done in a very subtle, monochrome way.
The rest of the outfit is kept simple (and black) - a minidress, sneakers, ankle socks, accessories kept to minimum, and hair slicked back has sort of become my uniform these days. (The weather here is getting hotter and hotter, to be fair.)


SLIP ON MINIDRESS - VINTAGE | WANG SWEATSHIRT - LES (ART)ISTS | SWIMSUIT BRA - C/O OASAP | SOCKS - MONKI | SILVER BANGLE - C/O FRONTROWSHOP | SNEAKERS - NIKE AIR MAX | LEATHER BACKPACK - C/O MOTEL VINTAGE