Rooftop Gazing

Take a look around at all the lights and sounds, lyrics buzzing through my head. Traveling on a whirlwind trip through Japan and Singapore has taught me that preparation is key - it makes for a stress-free trip when you plan and pack right. I also learnt why having quality suitcases are a must-have, it was crucial when dragging them through the streets - from station to station, but no regrets. Singapore may not be my top destination because it's somewhere I think of as my other nest filled with family - far, yet familiar.

"Memories take me back to all of the wildest times" 
- Haim

I've been HANGING for the opportunity to kick back on a rooftop much like this, so I felt overjoyed to be able to actually sit, chill and repeat. The sunsets in Singapore are beautiful in its own right, the pastel, mink colours, all melting together like an ice cream sandwich sky juxtaposed with the steel-scape like a giant mirror for all the world to see.

My friends all know I'm not a friend of the water, it's not my natural surrounding - but I can't resist an architectural statement like this. Singapore is humid but still a very conservative country, so wearing kaftans and loose fitting clothing over swimmers are the most practical option. I love the neutral colour of this Tobi number, but I have to mention it's not the best option for travelling - look at all the crinkles! The funny part is that was after ironing it and folding it. Such a sad affair #firstworldproblems

I'd like to point out my Duskii swimsuit - this is my absolute favourite thing about Summer. This swimsuit meets wetsuit makes me feel like a total Bond girl - I feel a million and one bucks. The quality of it is so beautiful and feels comfortable, not to mention the intricate design that elevates the navy colour to whole new level of class.

Recently, I was chatting to one of my friends about travel attire. We both agreed that we both wear more adventurous clothing than what we'd usually wear if we were in our own city. I found that really profound - it's something that I always notice I do, especially when I went to Japan. It felt so natural to wear what I want if I wanted to wear something more creative I felt confident to wear it without total judgement. Why can't we feel comfortable to wear what we want in our own place?

--Vx

Concrete Jungle

A green lake lays before my eyes, interestingly it is the thick sludge of algae who is the catalyst for such a beautiful emerald sight. It's almost sublime. Or sub-lime. Take it any way you prefer! Walking through the humid landscape it was truly like a hyper-real garden, almost synthetic because it was far too perfect, from the vertical gardens to the treetop greenery and the silk looking velvet texture of each and every one of those flower petals. I'll admit that most times I visit Singapore, I never make the time to visit Gardens by the Bay, mainly stemming from the fact that my trips are such a whirlwind from visiting relatives and eating my weight in CKT aka Char Kway Teow.

What a dream, first stop was Cloud Forest followed by Tulipmania at the Flower Dome. Cloud Forrest was spectacular, the waterfall and all the mist in the middle of steamy Singapore Marina --wow! The moment you walk inside you are enveloped by the cool refreshing breath of air from the world’s tallest indoor waterfall. The hero of the dome is the 35-metre mountain that you can climb through the tree top or cloud walkways and soak in the beautiful and lush tropical vegetation and flora, don't forget to explore Lost World which is the highest point of the mountain.

Tulipmania exhibits an array of beautiful tulips, inspired by the Impressionist artist, Vincent Van Gogh. Apparently are over one hundred varieties of tulips and hyacinths on display at this exhibit, the colours were immensely vibrant and was the perfect way to bring Van Gough's classics to life. If you visit this flower dome, you'd be visiting one of the largest glass greenhouses in the world. 

To make all the gorgeous hues pop, I wore these comfy off the shoulder dresses to keep cool in the humid weather. I love these Tobi off-the-shoulder dresses because it only takes a couple of accessories to elevate the look from casual to sophisticated - I've paired mine with some Havaianas sandals in rose gold and my new favourite Siamese fighting fish envelope handbag from Mango. I love that it's so flamboyant - yet contrasts perfectly with wardrobe staples. 

--Vx

Gardens by the Bay
18 Marina Gardens Drive, Singapore
Flower Dome & Cloud Forest - Open Daily 9AM - 9PM

How to wear a velvet dress

Let's start with debunking the myths around curvy women not being able to wear velvet. This is a lie, here's why. Anyone, no matter what shape or size has the right and freedom to wear whatever they like. If you feel comfortable wearing a slinky velvet number or perhaps you enjoy wearing a flower headband as part of your everyday repertoire, as long as your 100% comfortable --you should keep rocking it! Velvet is a fabric known for its sheen and luxurious soft feel, it's exciting that this fabric is making a comeback after doing time with the hippie and free-loving folks -- it makes me happy that I don't need to stroll into Tree of Life to snatch a little velvet, just like this one that I scored from Tobi.

Light vs Dark
The trick to make velvet look flattering on your figure is simple, just adopt the general rules of light vs dark. You know how people love wearing black for it's slimming magical powers? Same goes for velvet. Gravitate to darker shades like: navy blue, deep purple and even emerald green.

All about the heel
It looks classy and timeless when worn with stiletto pointed pumps, or even delicate open-toe lace-up heels, I've worn mine with some metallic points to play off the light and dark of the velvet. Avoid wearing wedges with this look, as it will dilute the overall glam factor and detract from the beautiful piece that you're showcasing.

Wearing:  Tobi Navy Velvet Bodycon Dress (Tobi.com - get yours here), Charles & Keith metallic pumps, Kate Spade Candace Satchel (here), 

Watch out for...
Stay away for the light taupe and nude colours if you're looking for a streamlined silhouette, light colours in bright light or in the sun can sometimes look unflattering due to the texture of velvet and how it bounces the light through the sheen of the fabric. If this is your first time wearing velvet, it's safer to work with darker colours first and once you're comfortable you can work your way towards the nude and pink palette.

Add an extra piece
If you're going out for a beautiful dinner, you don't need to worry too much about adding loads of accessories, this allows you to let the dress do all the talking. A delicate necklace or some classic earrings will do the trick! If the weather is going to be on the colder side of the thermometer, you can drape a beautiful faux fur shrug or silk scarf. Personally, I like to add a bit of edge to all my outfits and introduce some contrast with a studded or embroidered leather jacket for some extra colour and vibrancy. I don't do well in the cold, so I generally always call on a jacket or coat to get me through the night (or day). Be daring and wear this look in the daytime, it's a huge trend overseas to get as much "CPW" (Cost Per Wear) from investment pieces like this or even think about how you would wear this out to your next coffee with your girls? Dream big in velvet.

How would you style velvet? I'd love to see your looks.

--Vx