When in Rome, do as the Romans do. When in Paris… take pictures at Parisian windows, I suppose. How I would kill to have a massive window in my room!
One thing I miss about all my close friends is how we’d play with each other’s makeup. I have never bought OCC Lip Tars despite all the rave surrounding them, simply because I knew that I’d never use it with the bothersome application. So when Arissa was in Paris, I stuck my grubby fingers all over her stash and tried on this OCC Lip Tar in ‘Vintage’! It is a super saturated deep pink verging on red, and so, so flattering.
The colour payoff is every bit as awesome as everyone claims it is. I was hoping that it would dry down matte (much like Hourglass’s opaque rouge), but it remained just slightly tacky. I really couldn’t get behind the minty sensation though – it left me feeling as if I have forgotten to rinse my toothpaste out of my mouth. The colour payoff is every bit saturated as praised to be, though – so that might just be a small tradeoff.
What are your thoughts on OCC lip tars?
Breaking the monotony of outfit posts to bring you something a little more personal. Now that I’ve graduated, I’m officially a NEET (Not in Employment, Education or Training)! It’s a rather depressing thought, but let’s ignore that for now and focus on the graduation ceremony! Being only 23 and leading a relatively uneventful life, I must say that this is my biggest moment yet – I bought the dress 2 months in advance only to have it go on 50% off a week before the ceremony. Typical!
My ceremony begins at 1000 as well, meaning that I got up at half six to get ready. Bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, I am not. Somehow managed to survive the incredibly hot tube journey and reached school with plenty of time to spare for once.
It honestly did not seem that long ago that I announced on Monoxious that I was leaving Singapore for school. And now that it’s finished, I am once again left without clear directions as to how life may go from now on. This uncertainty is stressful and I have not been coping with it too well, but it is part and parcel of growing up. It is comfortable having someone pave the way for you, but eventually you must learn to forge your own path…anyway, I am just incredibly glad to end my university years on a high note, with a first class honours and a Linguistics dissertation prize. I felt like I have finally accomplished something in life even if it isn’t much!
Major thanks to J who took a day off to be my personal paparazzi.
I wanted my skin to look glowy and flawless that day, so I reached for my SK-II foundation! Despite all the other foundations I have tried (and prefer wearing on a daily basis), SKI-II Cellumination seriously delivers an unbeatable coverage and glow. Graduation makeup should be kept classic (or natural, but natural makeup is not my forte), and I opted for the timeless combination of eyeliner and red lips.
What’s your biggest moment in life?
How has July been treating everyone? It has been a pretty exciting month for me so far, with a week long summer holiday (where I got plenty tanned) and the confirmation of my final results. I was elated to find out that I have been awarded a First Class Honours – it feels great to know that my three years of study have finally cumulated into something tangible! Graduation’s this week so hopefully I will have plenty of pictures to document the biggest moment of my life, yet.
These series of pictures were taken when I was with Arissa in Paris. Her presence reminded me of the dynamics we share, and just how hard it is to actually find someone you can get along so well with… Although we have not seen each other in almost a year, it felt like we picked up right where we left off. It can be awfully hard to maintain friendships over distance, but I am so glad she stuck with me through my (frequent) periods of absence. She’s seriously as solid as a rock.
Anyway, enough about life in general! Here is a series of pictures we took in Jardin Luxembourg. The boiling hot weather now has got me wishing for cooler temperatures again!
Since I feel bad just talking about myself on here so much, tell me about the good things in your life too!
In many ways, Gothenburg’s landscape reminds me a lot of Singapore’s Keppel Bay area… A harbour’s still a harbour, regardless of where in the world it is.
A recent discussion with a friend reinforced my belief that I simply cannot tolerate living anywhere too far inland – I am by no means a beach person, but I do love being close to the sea (regardless of the fact that Singapore’s waters are so polluted that I seriously doubt its ability to sustain life). There’s just something invigorating about the salt air; it’s the perfect mixture of rotting seaweed, seagull excrement, and fresh air. It sounds no way palatable, but I am sure most island/coast dwellers can agree with me that it just brings you to the earliest memories of happiness.
I have been on the lookout for a classic biker jacket recently, and this Zara one just fitted the bill perfectly. It was even reasonably priced! The problem with me is that if I latch on to a style, I end up buying about 10 variations of the same item – a look through my closet would confirm my love for draped jackets and bodycon skirts, amongst other things. Now that the weather’s so bring and warm, I’m at a complete loss at how to work my autumn/winter heavy closet; this has spurred me on a journey to find said biker jacket (done!) and summer dresses (still needs beefing up in this department).
At least I have the shoes department covered with these spanking new Jeffrey Campbell Soirees! I know I’m about a year late to the trend, but it takes a long time for me to warm up to an item, especially a trendy item. I spend months mulling over a purchase, and when I finally decide to go for it, the fad would have passed. Ah well – at least I know that I really like them!
Help me build my summer closet! What are your summer must-haves this year? x
Remember when I said that I will never embark on an impromptu trip again? I don’t know what makes me think that I am qualified to dish out advice when I don’t even follow my own guidance. A frenzied search for tickets and a mad dash towards the airport later (ticketing machine at the train station refused to recognise my card – I had to badger a poor, unsuspecting stranger into helping me purchase it), we were on our way towards Göteborg, Sweden.
While summer usually evokes the idea of romantic strolls along the French Rivera or cocktails by the Mediterranean sea, I have never been a beach-and-bikini sort of person. Seaside towns and beaches have just always came off as odiously commercialised to me, having spent several vacations in Thailand, Bali, and Australia. Away from the throngs of tourists and vendors usually found in the former locations however, the isolated, raw, rocky coastline of Hönö in norra skärgården was a welcomed relief. It was still too early in the season and the water was too frigid to even really dip your feet in, but there was just something incredibly serene about being alone (with the exception of the occasional asshole seagulls that deigned to screech your way) in unspoiled nature.
It wasn’t easy to get there – had I not have a local driver (thanks, J.!), I probably would never had made my way out there myself. You have to first drive to the port (about 20 minutes from the city centre itself), and board the ferry towards the island. It is entirely possible to undertake the whole journey by public transport, but I honestly wouldn’t have the patience nor the dedication to visit the archipelago without the convenience of a car.
The water here was so clear that I seriously had no reservations about drinking from it. You could even see the shrimps darting amongst the seaweed, and catch jellyfishes barehanded (all except two are harmless)!
What are your plans this summer holiday? x