Starhub Booktique Magazines | Monday, November 25, 2013
Someone once told me, surround yourself with what inspires you and let it guide your actions. Being in the creative industry, it's undeniable that e-magazines are a familiar source of inspiration, being an outlet which constantly nurtures my passion. In this digitalized era, gone were the days where I used to hoard magazines issues after issues, chalking up too much unnecessary clutter. The emergence of online publications has made it so convenient for me to catch up on the latest buzz from my favorite reads instantaneously, allowing me to live voraciously through the eyes of notable photographers, stylists, journalists and creative insiders. With the introduction of Booktique Magazines –– an exclusive local e-book store (available for both Android tablets & Smartphones) offering more than fifty titles of e-magazines covering lifestyle, culinary, entertainment, fashion etc, flipping through my favorite reads is a whole new experience altogether. What’s more, with a user-friendly interface specially catered to tech idiots like yours truly, being on-the-go without the extra bulk seems a lot more attractive.
Booktique Magazines offers an extensive range of magazines, suited for all ages and interests. What I really love about Booktique Magazines is how supportive they are of our local publishing scene, offering a charming selection of local titles. In any case where you're caught in dilemma on which magazine to get, there's always a preview copy for you to flip through before confirming your purchase (extra brownie points for the attentiveness, Booktique!). Plus, if you're a sucker for local publications with quality content, there are eight titles available for you to browse through without paying a single cent – tell me, who will be able to resist such a deal? Downloading the app is free of charge, and here are the various complimentary titles you can find –– CATALOG Magazine, I-S Magazine, Where Singapore, ZIGGY, GG, REV, The Property Guru & Telescope.
It's a real pleasure shopping for magazines through this app because I can always purchase archived issues at any time. When it comes to magazine titles, I simply couldn't resist adding two more culinary magazines to my existing library of recipe books, and I'm really glad to see that Booktique Magazines offers Epicure, a tasteful read which is not only value for money, but also functions as a great alternative to the actual print publication, especially when I create a storm in the kitchen and I do not want to get my actual recipe book soiled. As I'm also drawn to the aesthetics of modern interiors and spaces, Surface Asia & Wicked! are great accompaniments for me to garner inspiration and plan for my future space. To hop on the bandwagon, simply download the Booktique Magazines app on your Android device, go to http://magazines.booktique.sg and browse from the categories of titles and pick an issue, login with your Hub iD or Gee iD and download your purchased issue. Yes, it's this straightforward. Last but not least, this app can get highly addictive - I've warned you!
Down Kensington Lane | Thursday, October 24, 2013
As someone who had never visited London, I was deeply enchanted by the townhouses of London through the cinematic imagery in Downtown Abbey – long streets of identical terrace houses all neatly aligned, so uniform yet crisp. It was a blessing to be housed in one these iconic townhouses along South Kensington, and though it was quite a walk to the main road, it was sheer delight just strolling down the streets, busking in the splendor of one of London's most scenic neighborhoods.It came as a pleasant surprise that Toni&Guy Hair Meet Wardrobe team took the Hair Meet Wardrobe style series right to the heart of London, where I was assigned to style four respective looks in sync with their creative style menu. I'm pretty sure my introductory look isn't much of a surprise to most of you by now, but I kept my wardrobe fairly simple, focusing on structured staples and a low-tied bun to finish off the classic look. This isn't exactly the wisest choice to wear to dinner thereafter, but surprisingly, these trousers did a great job in hiding and showing the right parts of my body. Talk about a blessing in disguise, which pretty much explains why I'm worn it to death. Thank Maxie, you've such great taste! If you're keen on following more of my updates with the Toni&Guy Hair Meet Wardrobe team, do follow me on Instagram as I'm more often seen lurking around there. Photos by Rachel, Makeup by Larry.
FASHION EAST SPRING/SUMMER 2014 | Monday, October 21, 2013
Fashion East Spring/Summer 2014 was somewhat like a dream, where Ryan Lo's realm of whimsical extravagance was a fresh departure from the usual runway collections. Cueing Sylvanian Families as a huge inspiration for his collection, his models were seen mimicked after woodland creatures, with fluffy animal ears and whiskers painted on their faces, donning cotton-candy pink tulle skirts, delicate lace dresses and kitschy motifs embrioded onto pastel coats and knits. Lo's romanticized designs were much more refined and accessible as compared to his past collections, reigniting the inner princess in many of us. Yet true enough, Ashley Williams's Miami Sun & Surf vibes was my personal favorite out of the whole lot. Ashley marries creativity with commerciality seamlessly, injecting her contemporary sleek sihoulettes with an unexpected twist - whether it's infusing Spongebob Squarepants or Gary The Snail prints onto her pieces, or contrasting her looks with Nike flip-flops, which gives the ensembles a whole lot more personality. Thanks to Ashley's eye, fashion boo-boos like flip-flops suddenly look a lot more wearable and exciting than it seems. Also, she has further convinced us that it's alright to strut silly shark plush toys as statement pieces, which I foresee will be a big wave in the near future. With House Of Holland, Jonathan Saunders and Marios Schwab under the belt of Fashion's East reputable alumni, Fashion East was definitely one of my most anticipated shows in London Fashion Week. The most surreal of all though, was given the luxury of backstage access prior to the show. From the explosion of varied emotions, to the media shoving their microphones and lenses in models, hairstylists, make-up artists and designers' faces, it's evident that the pre-show frenzy is a visual feast, and it's not often where you'd get to document such a bizarre scenario. Somewhat, the backstage mayhem also reflected the other side of fashion industry, which is not often publicized. Thank You Toni&Guy Hair Meet Wardrobe for making this happen!
Photos shot by Canon 5D MK II, 50mm F1.4 Lenses
Seoul Far, Seoul Good | Tuesday, October 15, 2013
My exchange trip to Seoul was a whirlwind of emotions –– I travelled to this city completely unprepared, with prior assumptions that Seoul was all about k-pop, kimchi and cosmetic surgery, of which nothing I'm personally attracted to. However, all this recent buzz about Seoul got me curious on what this city has to offer, and thus when my college initiated an exchange program with the design faculty students in Sangmyung University, I immediately jumped at this opportunity to experience Seoul with my own senses. We were there for a total of eight days, where each day was an adventure on it's own. Be it the curation of our exhibition space, snoozing of alarms umpteen times, rushing down for breakfast in our bedroom slippers, street busking with my best friend on the crowded streets of Myeongdong, or trekking down the steep slopes and hills of Namsam Tower, I've never seen myself screaming at the sight of Macdonalds at twelve in the morning, nor circling round the streets of Hongdae for an hour just to get our Ginseng Chicken craving fixed. If there's one other thing Korea's famous for besides beauty products, it's got to be the endless array of food. With food stalls peppered at almost every corner of Seoul's pavements, Seoul's an underrated food heaven, where the standards are surprisingly decent for the price you pay. Also, being surrounded with company who spend half their time eating and the other half thinking about food, experiencing food comas one after another has become much of a norm during our stay in Korea. I'm pretty certain I've never consumed that much kimchi and fried chicken in such a long while. With new and existing friendships forged and bonded, it was definitely a great deal of time relishing in the company of our korean counterparts through a whole lot of gibberish korean, sign language and google translate. Seoul's cityscape is so alluring in a way where it weaves in the country's conserved historic monuments together with sky-high skyscrapers. This juxtaposition is something you'd definitely want to witness for yourself, and with each suburb is unlike any other, the contrast and variations of each district depicts a story on it's own. In addition, when night befalls, it only means that the day has just begun. Seoul's nightlife is so chaotic, yet it's an atmosphere which encourages escapism, somewhere where you'd want to get lost in for a long time. Beneath the facade of kimchi, k-fever, plastic surgery and traffic-choked streets, Seoul is one city which is culturally rich and beautiful, and there's so much one can take in. Experiencing different cultures has always been a fascination of mine, and I'm certain I'll return to dig deeper into the core of Seoul's bustling culture. Till I brush up on my half-past six standards of Korean, I'll see you soon enough Seoul.
Photos Taken By Canon 5D MK 2 & Iphone 4S