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Outfit Post: There's No Truth In Black & Blue
It's great to be back in the groove of blogging after a long time and even better when I get...
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Beauty Look Of The Day: Vintage Paris
Look who uncovered another set of photos from Paris? In case I missed out mentioning it, I was there in...
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Bag Of The Moment: Alexander Wang Survival Kit Bag
What's made of calfskin, packs your essentials and makes you look like Bear Grylls trekking the urban jungle? As much...
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Outfit Post: The Bling Ring
Just found something that was buried in my drafts! I'm so in love with the XEVANA Bastille stacklace that contrasts...
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Outfit Post: If I Had a Heart
Jacket /All Saints • Dress /Zara • Skirt /ASOS • Shoes /Aldo The only good thing about moving is that...
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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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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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January 31, 2015
Arissa Ha

If you’ve been following the blog all these years, some of you might remember that I chopped off my waist-length locks back in 2010. Trust me when I say that I’ve been trying to grow it back but it becomes really unmanageable when it grows past the chin.

My hair would start acting out at that length, and curling at the ends. Blow-drying it doesn’t really help as the humidity would usually make my hair frizz by midday (if I’m lucky).

I was gifted the GlamPalm Hair Straightener by Hairloom as I’ve been complaining about my unruly hair and am I glad I did. Prior to using GlamPalm, I own about three other hair straighteners and I have the usual complaints about them – they take too long to heat up, snag my hair while straightening or just plain doesn’t work.


I honestly hate having to style my hair in the morning cause honestly, we could all use that five minutes of extra snooze. But the GlamPalm made it so easy for me to style my hair.

It comes with two hair clips that allows me to section my hair, and it has a pretty good grip so it’ll work well for those with thick hair too. The comb works really great in untangling the strands before I run my flat iron over it. Most of the time, I have to run my hair over with the flat iron several times before it straightens completely but I only need to do it once with the GlamPalm; cutting down my styling time and reducing heat damage to my hair as well.

Here’s to attempt number 234,263 at growing out my hair and I’m pretty confident that I’ll make it this time.

The GlamPalm Hair Straightener is available at Hairloom for a special price of $250 instead of $265! For those who are interested in knowing how you can learn to style your hair with the GlamPalm, I have a little something in store for you in March! Stay tuned.

January 18, 2015
Arissa Ha


I have a small confession to make; ever since I bought a pair of dressy sweatpants from Korea, I’ve been obsessed with them. What’s not to love about them? They’re easy to put on and are really comfortable. Plus, they have pockets!

Pair them up with a some wedge sneakers for a sporty chic look or even a pair of heels to jazz it up a little. Here are a pick of my favourite sweat pants!

  1. True Religion Banded Sweatpants, US$158
  2. Monrow Track Sweatpants, US$135
  3. Monrow Perforated Faux Leather Sweatpants, US$203
  4. Rag & Bone/Jean Leyton Long Rise Sweatpants, US$220
  5. T By Alexander Wang Shiny Bonded Fleece Pants, US$235
  6. Helmut Lang Tera Print Sweatpants , US$265
  7. Norma Kamali Kamali Kulture Core Go Jog Pants, US$88
  8. Atm Anthony Thomas Melillo Knit Track Pants, US$476
  9. Sundry Classic Sweatpants, US$94
  10. Theory Warm Up Sypress Sweatpants, US$95

What’s your go-to piece of clothing when you’re too lazy to dress up but still want to look stylist? Let us know in the comments box below! 

December 18, 2014
Arissa Ha

I can’t believe it’s about four months since my surgery with Banobagi. For those of you who have sent well wishes through comments, emails and Instagram, thank you so much. I really appreciate the concern.

The picture below was taken around three months after the surgery. It’s hard to describe but I still behave like I have a flat chest. I’d be amazed at how good I look in bikinis or low-cut tops all while forgetting that I have to buy clothes with a little more give in the chest area now.

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December 4, 2014
Arissa Ha

With the frigid weather underway, here’s what we prefer to be wrapped up in!


From left to right:

  1. Veronica Beard Moto Blazer with Varsity Dickey, US$795
  2. Helmut Lang Stretch Leather Pants, US$920
  3. Theory Larissa II Luxe Top, US$215
  4. Carolina Amato Short Leather Gloves, US$45
  5. Kate Spade New York Embossed Alligator Metro Watch, US$175
  6. Alexander McQueen Aviator Sunglasses, US$375
  7. Marc by Marc Jacobs Don’t Panic Sweater, US$368
  8. Jeffrey Campbell Shearling Lined Boots, US$290
  9. Eugenia Kim Mimi Fur Hat, US$225
  10. Alexander Wang Brenda Chain Bag, US$715

What will you be dressed in this winter? Let us know in the comments box below! 

December 1, 2014
Dawn Poh

Here it is! Finally talking about the next step of our experiences with plastic surgery and Banobagi. Remember how I promised in the previous post there would be funny pictures? Well, here they are in all their brutally honest hilarity – I can laugh at them now along with everyone else, but it was hard not to feel sorry for yourself when you felt like crap and looked like you had the most severe case of mumps known to medicine.

I remember thinking in the haze of post-surgery anaesthesia that everything would only get better from here. After all, my face felt like they were distended to their maximum capacity and couldn’t possible get any larger. Note to self: apparently swelling reaches its critical peak one to two days post operation. Note to self 2: it can and it will get bigger.

The good news is that it truly will get better from this point onwards. The bad news is that it would not be a very enjoyable ride until then. I was icing my face fanatically, hoping that it would have an impact on the rate of swelling (or deswelling, to be specific). Two ice packs come with the compliments of Banobagi, an extremely thoughtful gesture on their part since the ice packs take turn chilling in the fridge. Sleep for the first few days largely revolved around ice pack changing times. Fortunately this task was made easier with the presence of a large fridge in the kitchen area of the guest house.

monoxious plastic surgery day 2


Upon arrival to the guest house, Banobagi has also thoughtfully provided us with instant porridges and soy milk. I have been unable to ingest anything besides water for the past 48 hours, so soy milk almost feel like a complete meal in exchange. Porridge was completely beyond my capabilities at this point and my only sustenance was a steady supply of soy milk and banana milk which I purchased from a convenience store right around the corner. I do believe that the other guests who did not have jaw surgery were provided with meals (which looked and smelled absolutely scrumptious). It sounds more miserable than I actually felt. My appetite was somewhat dampened and I did not really feel hungry very often.

Blood had also somehow collected under my eyes, giving the impression of rather severe eye bags. These went away after a couple of days though and did not affect me all that much. I think the most uncomfortable aspect of the whole recovery process was that I was not able to brush my teeth. I had to use antiseptic mouth washes provided by the clinic and was warned against using toothpaste until all the internal sutures have been removed.

monoxious plastic surgery day 3


The days passed by rather quickly. I spent my entire stay there catching up on TV series and movies, and generally just dicking about online. Short walks interspersed this routine and helped keep cabin fever at bay.

monoxious plastic surgery day 4


Banobagi is located in the Gangnam district of Seoul, and there wasn’t really much to do at night. I didn’t feel up to shopping and cafe hopping (the two major Korean pastimes, it seems) so I just wandered around the neighbourhood. I felt incredibly safe, and as mentioned no one gives you a second look even if you were all bandaged up like me. The highlight of my nightly walks is always this veterinary practice/boarding house. I just stood outside and stared at all the cute dogs like a creep.

monoxious plastic surgery misc

My favourite one in particular was this dog which always seemed so friendly and relaxed! Anyone knows what breed this may be? I thought it might have been a beagle cross but I’m not too sure. Whatever it is, it is adorable.

monoxious plastic surgery misc 2

Day 5 was when I was promised there would be a big change. The recovery brochure assured me that the swelling would decrease immensely once the bandages have been removed. I hadn’t even realised how tight they were until I was removing them – it was rather painstaking since they were incredibly sticky, and yanking at it really irritated the sutures in front of my ears. The removal process worked exponentially better after I have soaked the bandages in oil-based makeup remover. I believe coconut oil or even olive oil would work as well.

The bandages constricted the fluids to my face and the swelling went away incredibly quickly now that it was able to drain downwards. I found that sleeping with my head elevated really aided in the process as well.

monoxious plastic surgery day 5

Now that the both of us felt better, we moved out of the guest house and checked into a hotel in the heart of Myongdong! A large part of the recovery process was really in the mind and I really felt leaps and bounds better now that I was able to get outside and do things. With a pair of sunglasses and a face mask, I could almost pass as normal (albeit with passing resemblance to Michael Jackson). I have went without washing my hair for six days now, way too long in the summer heat. You can see from the picture on the left how grotty it looked. It felt even worse. (I think my mum would have an aneurism if she found out how long I went without a wash.) I was planning to find a hair salon for the sake of convenience, but having found none with a reasonable price I took the task upon myself. Here it is looking much cleaner on the right. The right side of my face remained much more swollen and I kind of looked as if I had a stroke.

monoxious plastic surgery day 6


I was finally able to ingest semi-solid food at this point as well! We treated ourselves to ginseng chicken porridge but some parts of it still remained too hard for me to eat. Smoothie King proved to be a godsend! It was rather agonising because I wish I had sampled all the street food when I still could.

Find out how it went in week 2 in the next post! I could already see a difference then, and would love to know what you think about it!


Read more about our experience here:
Part one

Part two

Part three

Part four

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