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aigner’s cybill

December 20, 2016 |Comments

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In collaboration with AIGNER
Remember when you were younger and your favourite colours weren’t just red, pink or blue, but a sweeping spectrum of the rainbow? It’s incredible how as kids we dream of a vivid universe, loaded with multicoloured skies, dynamic oceans and the most flamboyant of animals. Nothing was impossible in our imaginations. Well, for me anyway. As an adolescent, I would sit by the window daily and sketch with brightly coloured markers, first my ideal kind of world, the type of people who lived in it and finally the sort of outfits they would don.
In these illustrations, my human figures would be clothed in the grandest of garbs, think tweed, silk and fur, and they would tote around the most striking of bags, detailed with exotic skin or embroidered with crystals and sequins. I can even swear one of them resembled that of this Cybill Mini Bag. It should come as no surprise then that I drew a great deal of inspiration from my mother, and of course she also shared the same adoration for purses. I can always recall her first Aigner: tanned and leather, and in the style of a trendy crossbody. For safe-keeping, the vintage piece is now stored in the lowest drawer of my dressing table, lying snugly in a dust bag until a fitting occasion comes up again.

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This time, however, I present to you the iconic Aigner Cybill Mini Bag finished with python leather that gives the piece a luxurious touch of elegance. The classic design completes any outfit, and its perfect shape and size complements the brilliant functionality and personality of the purse. It is the go-to for a best friend bag – one that stores your life and travels with you; one that you pass down to your children. Since their relaunch, the brand has introduced other handbags that previously made Aigner a go-to for designers like Hermès and Christian Dior, under whom he once apprenticed.
Ultimately, the brand’s core is a symbiosis of tradition and innovation, combining classical and modern styling. A style that transcends both time and geographical borders. Shop the featured Cybill Mini Bag online here, or at a shared multibrand location in Singapore:

Millenia Walk
9 Raffles Boulevard
#01-28/29 Millenia Walk
Singapore 039569
Phone +65 6337 8055

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postcards from

September 12, 2016 |Comments

A quick check in from this part of the world because I’m missing Paris and London all over again. Granted, the time differences can surely cast a mighty jetlag spell, and the long-haul flights are known to irritate skin, but there’s nothing more valuable than travelling. They say journeys educate, and without a doubt, the experiences and people you meet are the ones you’ll keep to heart, the new cultures and traditions are something you’ll naturally commit to memory, and the ways you learn to cope with your surroundings will suddenly become second nature.
With that said, Paris and London are some of my favourite cities in the world so it goes without saying that a recap is only necessary.


Besides being coined as the city of light, Paris is also full of inspiration, art, fashion, and of course, love. From the extraordinary Eiffel Tower to the impressive Jardin des Tuileries, to the numerous cafes punctuating almost every sidewalk, Paris will always enthral.

Whether you’re visiting for a weekend or a few weeks, try getting lost in the Louvre, discovering La Conciergerie and Sainte-Chapelle. Climbing the Arc de Triomphe, visiting the Grand and Petit Palais, exploring Montmartre, taking a trip to the Château de Versailles, the list goes on… It’s impossible to shortlist a number of things to do in such a beautiful city, so my advice is for you to encounter Paris by yourself.
My first trip ever to Paris was with dearest mum, and it’s one we always talk about. As with all travels, be careful and watch your belongings – I was lucky enough to only have my McDonald’s Happy Meal stolen from me.

London is truly a treasure trove of familiar landmarks and brilliant days out worth revelling in: Big Ben, Westminister Abbey, Tower Bridge, Buckingham Palace, London Eye – you get the drift.
Stop by Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens for plenty of shade on a sunny day. Make your way to Borough Market on the weekends for fresh produce, or pay a visit to Oxford Street for an unrivalled shopping experience from high-street fashion to international brands.

During my last work trip, I spent a lot of time at Convent Garden, a vibrant, cobblestoned area brimming with fashion boutiques, cafés, restaurants and theatres. Its central piazza also hosts daily alfresco entertainment and frankly, it’s not too bad of a place for a stroll on a fine morning.

One of the most frequently asked questions I usually receive is how much money one should take on vacation, and to be honest there really is no standard answer. Your budget will hugely depend on how long you are planning to stay, what kind of accommodation and trip you want it to be, and the kind of activities you plan to do. Figure out what you realistically can do with the money you have and stay within a budget. That way, travelling won’t stress you out – it’s not supposed to anyway.

If you’re like me and worried about carrying large amounts of cash, know that Westpac provides access to over 50,000 ATMs in the Global ATM Alliance network with absolutely no ATM withdrawal fees (keeping in mind a 3% Westpac foreign transaction fee applies). That simply means with a Westpac debit card, you can withdraw cash seamlessly without paying any ATM withdrawal fees.
With Westpac’s Global ATM Alliance, ATMs are easy to locate via Westpac’s mobile banking app, meaning Aussie travellers like us don’t have to wander foreign streets searching for a withdrawal fee-free ATM.
Travelling with financial security doesn’t get any better than that, right?

In collaboration with Nuffnang and Westpac

change of skies

December 29, 2014 |Comments








 January: Beijing, China / Bangkok, Thailand / Singapore

Spent New Years alone in Beijing above the clouds, was briefly charmed by Universal Studios Singapore and did Bangkok in a day. In essence, I spent the first month of the year simply kicking back.

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28
 








 February: Perth, Australia

After two months away, I finally returned home in a mad scramble to prep for my final year at University. I still layered up in summer and wore too many hats.

“Don’t settle for less than what you deserve. Cultivate your value, love your worth, never let disrespect diminish your profit.”








 March: Perth, Australia

Took the plunge, channelled Barney for a day, had way too much Japanese food and chanced upon a movie screening in the woods of my University campus. Also played judge for Nylon magazine‘s beauty awards and came to realise that opposites attract.

“Our talents are the gifts that God gives to us. What we make of our talents is our gift back to God.”
 







 April: Perth and Sydney, Australia

Went on a picnic date with Lenovo, fell in love with YSL, and declared LRD as the new LBD. Tee off Thursday was made official and I was still perpetually obsessed with my previous shoe army — and everyone was obsessed with this wrap blue dress. Meanwhile, Longines flew me over to Sydney for their Queen Elizabeth Stakes where L’Officiel and I interviewed Simon Baker of Mentalist fame.

“Don’t wish it were easier, wish you were better.”
 






 May: Perth, Australia / Singapore

High-tea aplenty in pompous purple before jetting to Singapore for gown fittings and SK-II’s wonderland experience. MCM Singapore showed me love in the form of a cute clutch, and it seemed I blushed too much. Schwarzkopf fuelled my hair care addiction and Singapore Airlines put me front row for Audi Fashion Festival where Kate Bosworth was flawless in the flesh.

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.”







 June: Perth, Australia / Paris and Chantilly, France

After a peek into my wardrobe, June found me windswept and on a plane to France. I stopped by sweet, sweet Paris in lace and tulle before Longines whisked me away to charming Chantilly where I stayed in this dream of a castle and personally interviewed Titanic’s Kate Winslet who stopped the session to admire my tricked out nails.

“How you make others feel about themselves says a lot about you.”
 







 July: Singapore / Tokyo, Japan

Shiseido and I embarked on an adventure and lived to tell a Tokyo tale with me falling in love with Shibuya. And if you thought my nails couldn’t get more fancy…

“It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.”









 August: Perth, Australia

In August I rocked my first pair of denim jeans for the year, read between the lines, and discovered my love for the mermaid silhouette with Topshop. Also, I revealed my skincare secrets and covered some SK-II eye talk. For my 20th birthday, I got up in some criss cross business and did Herrera for a day. Of course I was smothered with an overwhelming amount of love and felt so blessed.

“You can be told the same thing every minute of every morning but one night you will hear them in the voice you love most. And suddenly you will remember how to listen.”
 






 September: Perth, Australia / Singapore 

Tickled pink was I throughout September when I wasn’t styling four looks with one bag or seeing double. Everything is mind over matter, I say. Took off to Singapore for a day to make flip books with readers, and came back just in time to kick off the FIDe World Tour at Telstra Perth Fashion Festival in gold.

“For you to insult me, I must first value your opinion.”
 








 October: Munich, Germany / London, United Kingdom / Milan, Italy / Melbourne and Perth, Australia

Munich, Oktoberfest and heavy lifting memories; London, pastries and its grandeur of museums; Milan, ham galore and its gothic cathedrals — all I did in less than two weeks. Subsequently I flew again, this time to Melbourne for Jean Paul Gaultier’s first international exhibition, before returning home to Perth to demolish my pile of university assignments and prepare for the race season. Oh, and I finally wore my Levi’s shorts and celebrated Halloween.

“It must be hard for you, but there is a right time for everything. When it is time to wait, you must wait.”
 








 November: Singapore / Bangkok, Thailand / Perth, Australia / Seoul, Korea

Fell in love with romantic lace and became a unicorn for Singapore Digital Fashion Week and Bangkok International Fashion Week. I could be anything I wanted, they said. After fashion madness, I rushed back to Australia, crammed six months’ worth of university everything and knocked out my final exams, ever. I flew to Korea right after and did some Seoul searching. Thereafter, I took a plane to Singapore for the Asian Couture Federation Awards Gala where I was so humbled to receive an award amongst major international fashion players. Having said that, I also wore a sumptuous royal gown and did my own make-up for the night. In the same month, I styled many peeptoe pumps and wore too much Swarovski — not a bad thing, right?

“You’re going to come across people in your life who will say all the right words at all the right times. But in the end, it’s always their actions you should judge them by. It’s actions, not words, that matter.”









 December: Singapore / Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam / Perth, Australia / New York City,  Aspen, Colorado and Los Angeles, California, United States of America

Finally to conclude the year, I donned sweeping organza for Vietnam’s first ever International Fashion Week and had lunch atop the highest building of Saigon. Summer was upon us down under but I never accepted it, still choosing to wear blazers, layers and ripped jeans. Following a seaside theme of being under the sea, I released an editorial with Canon before taking off to another country, and in the season of giving, I also held a giveaway for my luxe notebook collaboration and received over a thousand entries. I spent a few days in New York City engulfed in neon lights, celebrated white christmas in Aspen, Colorado where the stars sparkled oh so brightly, and am headed towards Vail tomorrow. And in exactly a week, I will find myself in Los Angeles. Square updates to come, obviously.

“Sometimes the longest connections yield very little growth, while the briefest of encounters change everything.”

Thank you for accompanying me on this incredible journey of 2014, and what a wonderful one it truly has been. Hope you enjoyed the year’s round-up, and my favourite quotes for each month.

Happy new year all! Here we go again.

         

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