It was a Saturday that I had to work but no complains since it was a pretty productive day with Leona and we scored some sweet accessories from Mandy Wu (more on that in another post). Haji Lane was swarmed with hipsters and street photographers people with DSLRs as usual, I hate to say this but I was part of the population lugging a huge camera around, taking pictures of my coffee.
This chain mail necklace reminds me of an abandoned DIY project. Chain mail accessories are tough to make and I wonder if I’ll ever get around to finishing that DIY project.
Photos by Leona
I don’t think I’ve ever taken photos of my work outfit…until now. That’s only because I have a talented intern to abuse while she’s still around (hello Leona!) but photos aside, it’s been a real pleasure working with a passionate and driven young girl like her so please check out her blog and YouTube channel.
I’m in love with these detachable collars. They go under my tops and dresses, giving them an instantly preppy look without making it unbearably hot.
Photo credits to Leona
Spring has always brought mixed feelings for me. It’s great to see the sunshine after months of short days, but it also signals the end of the school year and the start of the (somewhat tedious) summer! It must be my Singaporean upbringing chiming in here, but I much prefer winter to intolerable heat… at least in Singapore, you have the option of escaping from the heat with air conditioning!
Everyone has already escaped to exotic places for their vacations, but it looks like my spring break is going to be deeply involved with the library until I have churned out my dissertation. I can’t wait to start planning for my graduation trip, though! I have absolutely no idea where I should go – any suggestions?
I have been pretty good with (not) shopping lately, but I couldn’t not peek at what Zara had for sale. And I am glad I did, or I would have missed out on this dress! It’s a couple sizes too big for me but it’s wearable with a camisole underneath it. I think it would make for a brilliant festival outfit once the summer festivals roll by – so far we are planning on attending Sonisphere and Lovebox!
Can you tell that I shop at Zara sometimes..?
Decided to go blue again and I loved how Peter picked a lovely indigo blue and mixed in some cobalt blue as well. I don’t have much hair to work with but I’m amazed at how my hair looks different every time I step out of Hairloom.
I haven’t shopped at Topshop in a while and I dropped by to pick up some clothes for a shoot and couldn’t resist grabbing some for myself too. The leather shift dress is so easy to coordinate; I can wear it with my highest heels or my engineer boots and it doesn’t look out of place. It can get a tad uncomfortable to wear if you are out in the sun though.
Photography didn’t seem to start out as a hobby for women. Most equipment were made to be utilitarian and without any fancy colours or design. Over the years, camera equipment have gotten more and more accessible and many have taken it up as a hobby – including the ladies. Camera bags haven’t changed much though; they’re mostly made of durable nylon or canvas and it was tough finding a camera bag that didn’t look like you were going for a backpacking trip.
I started out with just a DSLR and one lens but as my collection grew, I needed a bag that could protect my camera equipment but still matched my outfit. I tried looking for fashionable camera bags but the closest thing I found was the Porter X Nikon collaboration. I went a very long time without a camera bag, making do with whatever pouches I could stuff into my regular bag.
That was before Aide de Camp bags came along! They only launched their label last year and owner/designer Michele faced the same problem that I did; there just wasn’t any stylish camera bags around for the ladies. I got myself the Madison, a large Boston bag that packs a lot more than it looks. At its maximum capacity, the Madison bag fits my DSLR, 3 separate lenses, an external flash AND my 11″ MacBook Air.
The bags are made with waterproof nylon, gold-plated hardware and leather handles and trimmings. There are so many compartments to organise knick-knacks like extra memory cards, batteries or even lipsticks. The camera padding box has adjustable dividers so it fits my lenses snugly and it’s also removable so you can use the bag on its own.
I brought it out last Saturday for work, to which my intern exclaimed:”This is a camera bag?!”
I could tell that lot of thought was put into designing Aide de Camp’s bags. The shoulder strap is made partly of neoprene so it is extremely comfortable when you carry heavy equipment around. There are studs at the bottom of the bag so that the fabric never comes into contact with the ground if you decide to put it on the floor. There are pockets with magnetic closures at the side of the bag that you can put items you need quick access to – like a lip balm or lens cap.
They have a few designs, catering to different cameras and personalities. Find the one you like at Aide de Camp‘s website or if you would like to see the bags in person, they have it at my favorite camera store (John 3:16 Funan DigitaLife Mall #04-27). Aide de Camp is always looking to improve their bags so if you are interested in photography and have some input on the designs, you can always give them your feedback.
Check out their video for the Madison bag!