195 | TWENTY ONE

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When you’re 21, you’re no fun. Happy Birthday to me!

Categories: birthday, art, photoshop, calligraphy,

194 | ANCHORAGE

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There is pleasure in letting go. Mindless wandering is good for the soul. The perfectionist in me drops an anchor deep into the ground and floats high among the clouds, steered by the winds of change. Instinct takes over and my body is strangely calm, driven by peripheral forces. Soft and warm like a baby’s downy cheek, a grey, blue and black sweater finds it’s way into my hands. Parallel to the sweater’s stripes are the slashes down my limbs, down my jeans. Everything is effortless. I live in slow motion. At the waters edge I am looking into my reflection, I reflect. I flow down the river in my thoughts.

Sweater Marni x H&M
Slashed skinny jeans MCQ by Alexander McQueen
Shoes Bally
Nylon backpack Prada
Sunglasses Céline

193 | A SUNDAY IN PERTH

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Aisha / Faiyaz / Laila / Safiah

17 August 2014, Fremantle, Perth, Australia.

Arcades and ice cream, laughing and exploring… Sundays are fun days.

192 | VERNAL FLAVOURS

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In the heart of spring you’ll find bees and butterflies in a dreamlike frenzy, flouncing and bouncing from lavender blossoms to rose petals, in search of nectarous fortunes. Such vernal flavours go on to inspire these meringue-based delicacies we know and love as macarons. Much like pollinating insects, we go crazy over these colourful confections to satiate our sugar craving. I find them to be the perfect companion for a warm cup of tea. Caramel, blackcurrant, vanilla, raspberry, pistachio, dark chocolate, passionfruit, earl grey tea, lemon, coffee, mint, banana, praline, coconut or cinnamon… the possibilities are endless. All I know is in my I’ve already picked out all the flavours I’ll be getting the next time I pass by a pâtisserie.

191 | INTO THE WOODS

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It’s an enchanted feeling to be surrounded by coniferous trees. Winged insects turn into shimmering fairies as they flutter through beams of golden sunlight that’s filtered through the foliage. Echoes of birdsong and the crunch of leaves beneath your feet become the only soundtrack as you enter deeper into the woods. Nothing reminds you more of the importance of being in nature than not having access to it all the time. Singapore is a tropical island but most of its jungles are those of concrete, so it’s always exciting to find such places when exploring. I believe that all living things are connected. We humans, knowingly and unknowingly, crave to be cradled by the natural world. Some of us raise pets, some keep flowers in each room. Some set our wallpapers to photos of mountains, some listen to the white noise of the ocean to fall asleep. It gives our subconscious security, a sense of comfort and belonging, reassuring us that we are not alone, that we too are part of this great big world. This inherent intimacy with nature also helps us decide what is aesthetically pleasing and what is not. Perhaps this is why many of us have a predilection for leopard spots on our clothes. The next time you choose to wear a botanical print, remember that it not only looks good but it probably makes you feel good as well. I know I did.

Shirt Topman
Skinny Jeans Zara
Belt Louis Vuitton
Shoes Ted Baker
Watch Titoni
Lava stone cone bracelet Eddie Borgo
H clic clac bracelet Hermès
Nightingale bag Givenchy