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Breaking the monotony of outfit posts to bring you something a little more personal. Now that I've graduated, I'm officially...
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Outfit Post: Jardin Luxembourg
How has July been treating everyone? It has been a pretty exciting month for me so far, with a week...
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Outfit Post: Soirée
In many ways, Gothenburg's landscape reminds me a lot of Singapore's Keppel Bay area... A harbour's still a harbour, regardless...
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Outfit Post: White Houses
Remember when I said that I will never embark on an impromptu trip again? I don't know what makes me...
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Outfit Post: Black and Gold
Still not over my All Saints Hoxton Monument Jacket. (They call it a "coat" online, but the material is way...
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Make-Up Tutorial: Winged Eyeliner + Red Lips
Some people have asked us how we usually do our make-up and since Audi Fashion Festival is tomorrow, we thought...
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Camera Bags For The Ladies. Finally!
Photography didn't seem to start out as a hobby for women. Most equipment were made to be utilitarian and without...
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Brick Lane Market
3 years years since I've moved away from Singapore and it just flew by. I'm so deeply settled here and...
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Outfit Post: The Unbroken Road
Dead grass... dead grass everywhere! Singapore's been experiencing a horrid dry spell that petrifies frogs (true story) and causes human...
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How To Make Your Own DIY Marble-Print MacBook
I've been lusting after Henrietta's marble-print MacBook Pro ever since I saw it on her Instagram. Of course, white marble...
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A Year With Hairloom, A Year Of Rainbow
Time really flies when you are having fun. It's been a year since I started colouring my hair regularly at...
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It seems like I have taken a mighty long hiatus! I wish I had some proper excuse - like school,...
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Outfit Post: Concrete Jungle
Admittedly, I've been really obsessed with cracked print and marble print ever since Alexander Wang dished out his first collection...
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Outfit Post: Space Cadet
Blade Runner Cropped top / ARC the Label • White Top / Taobao •  Camera Bag /Aide de Camp •  Shoes /Ann...
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Outfit Post: Leave Me Black & Blue
This is me trying to catch up on blogging and yes, this is my current hair colour. In fact, this...
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Outfit Post: Laid Back Less
Doutzen Blouse / Feist Heist • Zahra Shorts / Feist Heist •  Shoes /Taobao • Necklace /AMEN Label • Hair/Hairloom • I went...
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Outfit Post: Peacock In Stripes
I haven't had the chance to sit down properly to blog lately due to work commitments  but DON'T YOU LOVE...
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The Hunter & The Game
Remember what I said in the last post about losing all the contents of my hard drive? Guess what -...
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Rouge Orage
It feels good to come back after a long leave of absence - I'd like to blame it on the...
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Outfit Post: White Noise
New pictures but that's only cause Dawn is back for a few days. When the peplum trend was in, I...
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Outfit Post: Sun Worship
Has it been two months? Maldives seemed so far away and it makes me crave for another short getaway. My...
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Outfit Post: Visible Invisible
Looking back at these pictures makes me wanna go back to the Maldives again. The clear blue water and cerulean...
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Outfit Post: Colour me Black
It's been many days since my last post but I assure you that I am still alive! It just seems...
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Outfit Post: All in your hands
Holy cow, it has been (almost) exactly a month since the last update, and probably over 3 since mine. I'm...
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Maison Martin Margiela with H&M Showroom visit
For those who are eager for 15th November to arrive like I am, I offer some form of comfort by...
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Outfit Post: Shifting Gears
Photos by Venetia Sometimes, the most impromptu and unplanned events turns out to be the most enjoyable. Had brunch with...
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Outfit Post: Miss Alexander
Another set of photos taken at the really secluded place in Singapore. I was inspired by Alexander Wang's Fall/Winter 2010...
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Outfit Post: Finding Wanderland
It's not often we head out to the wilderness to have pictures taken. Thanks to Venetia, we travelled really far...
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Outfit Post: Silence in motion
My obsession with these shoes will never cease, this is easily marked by the fact that I bought two of...
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Outfit Post: Strict Machine
I really wish I lived in one of these charming colonial-era buildings. But as it is, I satisfy myself with...
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Outfit Post: At last I see the light [Black Outfit Ideas]
After all the weird colours of the rainbow on my head, I've finally settled back for black hair to  let...
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Monoxious Guide: How to make tassel earrings [Fashion DIY tutorials]
Dawn has been incredibly obsessed with tassel earrings lately and we decided to make some. This is a surprisingly easy...
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Monoxious Guide: How to make your own DIY book clutch [DIY tutorials]
We interrupt this string of travel posts to bring you something that might actually be of interest. A long time...
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Outfit Post: Flight of the Firefly [Black Outfit Ideas]
Visiting Italy was a true test of my ability to dress for summer. In Singapore it's humid and hot but...
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Travelogue [New York City]: Life in stillness
Harsh winter days are spent burrowing myself in the sheets with the laptop to keep the tummy warm. There was...
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Outfit Post: Faerie fæge [Black outfit ideas]
The weekend in Paris came and gone in a breeze but it remains one of my favorite memories with Dawn....
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Recent Purchases: Gareth Pugh x MAC collection
Happy Thanksgiving everyone!! Right here in Singapore we don't celebrate Thanksgiving but any reason for a good meal is a...
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Outfit Post: The Day the World Went Away [Black Outfit Ideas]
It's bittersweet going through these pictures - they remind me of the lovely time I had with Arissa in Paris,...
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Outfit Post: Dawn in Paris [Black Outfit Ideas]
For those who don't follow us on twitter (it's @monoxious by the way), Dawn and I met in Paris last...
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Recent Purchases: Taobao loot 2 + H&M madness
Resisting the urge to shop online isn't one of my merits. In my defense, I was also looking for stuff...
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Outfit Post: And we said adieu [Black Outfit Ideas]
Been procrastinating on this set of photos for a while cause it's the last set of outfit photos I have...
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Outfit Post: Sick with it [Black Outfit Ideas]
Snagged this cape/blazer for 70% off. I swear hunting for good bargains releases an amazing amount of endorphins. This has...
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Extended stay
It's never an easy decision to choose which shoes to bring with you when you are on a trip. It's...
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Recent Purchases: Shopping loots from Hong Kong
Admittedly, I have never really been a fan of Hong Kong. I thought the shopping there was pretty ordinary and...
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H&M Singapore: Showroom visit, unveiling before Grand Opening on 2nd Sept
So sorry for the long absence!!! Dawn was away for a longgggg vacation and I was so swarmed with work...
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Outfit Post: Krásnaya plóshchad [Black Outfit ideas]
The Red Square in Moscow is one of the many city squares in Russia. The name doesn't come from the...
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Outfit post: I dream in colours [Black outfit ideas]
Russia is pretty much inaccessible for everyone, not in a geographical sense of course. Apparently everyone needs to apply for...
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Outfit Post: So it all begins [Black Outfit Ideas]
Promising sunlight we had the other day, I am pretty glad I brought my camera out so we could afford...
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Outfit Post: Sunspots [Black Outfit Ideas]
An outfit post featuring a few of the items I've been wearing the most often recently. A sleeveless asymmetrical top,...
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Outfit Post: Co●los●seum [Black Outfit Ideas]
Ah, the Colosseum! I can't stress enough how much I've wanted to visit Rome and the Colosseum is definitely one...
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What's in my overnight / travel makeup bag
A continuation from the previous post: These are the make up products I bring along for an overnight stay or...
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Glitter smokey eye Makeup tutorial
We decided to add another makeup tutorial for a more dramatic night look for all you party people. This is...
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Brown smokey eye Makeup tutorial
Out of many requests that we have received, the most popular one have would be a request for a makeup...
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Outfit Post: Black Black Heart [Black Outfits]
Arissa and I went down to Singapore Toys, Games and Comic Convention (STGCC) to lend our support to a couple...
Read more ケーキ and the little drom store
Dawn and I were exploring Ann Siang Hill, a snazzy little area in Singapore with plenty of little cafes and...
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Outfit Post: Enter Sandman [Black Outfits]
This is my "Default" outfit. I am sure most of my friends have seen me in some variation of this...
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Outfit Post: Trouble is a Friend [Black Outfits]
I call this my sailor dress. I know there are no nautical themes on it but it just reminds me...
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7 different ways to wear a Swacket.
I got my second Swacket recently from Harputs Union in the San Francisco store and I realised that I've never...
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Haji Lane Flea Market
As promised, here's the post on the Haji Lane Flea Market that Arissa and I visited! As we have previously...
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Outfit Post: Hunting for witches [Black Outfits]
HOLA~!!! It's been long since we had an outfit post. I came back from Seoul and San Francisco recently and...
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What's in my closet? [Bags]
In the previous post where I listed my current favourite shoes, I've received a fair bit of comments asking me...
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What’s in my bag: Paper Birkin Bag
Hello voyeurs, it's time to give you a peek into what is in my bag again~!! I got myself a...
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Bralette Obsession
I've been fixated with the idea of wearing bralettes as tops underneath a simple blazer or sheer blouses.. Granted they...
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Outfit Post: Firenza on fire [Black Outfits]
I am a procrastinator. It seemed like ages ago that I was in Florence, Italy and when I checked the...
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5 fashion essentials while travelling
If there's one thing Singaporeans love more than freebies, it's travelling. There is no better way to get away from...
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Outfit Post: Lovefool [Black Outfits]
Another one of those iTunes generated titles again for our Black outfit post!!! Tis was a hot day, oh don't...
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July 25, 2014
Dawn Poh

I’ve been getting a few questions as to how I edit my photographs, so I thought it was about time I post my typical photoshop workflow. Obviously the amount of editing that needs to be done varies from picture to picture, and a single picture can take anything between 10 minutes to a couple of hours. A close-up picture of the face typically takes the longest for me as I focus on removing blemishes and evening out the skintone.

The first thing to do is to identify the areas you want to rectify – in this picture, I need to correct the slightly underexposed lighting, amp up the contrast, and potentially do a little bit of sharpening. Personally I use Photoshop CS6, but these sort of correction can also be done in Lightroom, GIMP, or any other image editing softwares.

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Fortunately the combination of the lighting and the equipment has given me rather good skin, so nothing much needs to be corrected here. If you have blemishes or scars you want to remove, skip to the next step.

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I’m using a scar on my knee as an example of how I’d remove blemishes on my skin. I usually do not bother with this scar, but this is just for the purpose of this tutorial! Patch tool is my favourite for this occasion. Simply marquee the problem area and drag the selection into a blemish-free area.

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As you can tell, it is far from perfect. If you are fussed, you can go over this area with a clone stamp tool to make the texture more convincing. This can be a pretty time-consuming process if you are dealing with large areas of unevenness (i.e. my eyebags).

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If you feel that your picture could benefit from a bit of sharpening, I find that following this tutorial produces pretty good results.

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 Now all that is left is for you to adjust the colour and brightness. I usually do everything through Curves – go into the individual colour channels to change the colour tone of the picture. Last thing left to do is to adjust the brightness/contrast, and you are done!


There are many things that goes behind the making of a fashion blog that I am sure you are curious about, so please feel free to ask us! x

July 23, 2014
Dawn Poh

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!

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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? 


July 21, 2014
Dawn Poh

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.

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Dress /Karen Millen • Shoes /Camilla Skovgaard

What’s your biggest moment in life?

July 17, 2014
Dawn Poh

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. :D

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!

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Jacket /Zara • Blouse /Theyskens Theory • Skirt /American Apparel • Shoes /m)phosis

Since I feel bad just talking about myself on here so much, tell me about the good things in your life too!

June 24, 2014
Dawn Poh

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.

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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).

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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!

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Jacket /Zara • Jumper /Zara • Skirt /All Saints • Shoes /Jeffrey Campbell Soiree

Help me build my summer closet! What are your summer must-haves this year? x

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