Wednesday, December 12, 2018

The Chinoiserie Skirt

Hello, all!
It's been awhile, and I apologise for the sudden disappearance.

I've been intending to publish this blog post for awhile, but never got around doing it because of all the moving around I've been doing these past few months.
I will be permanently-based in Penang come Christmas, which means my style would have to shift to a more relaxed tone for the island life.
However, I'm never one to follow fashion rules, so let's see if this move tames my style over time or get more experimental!

Stay tuned for more updates; will be putting up a few way overdue blog posts to dust off the cob-webs...
...see what I did there?!
*cricket chirp*

Anyway, if you're into instant style updates, follow me on Instagram: @theopulenthippo!

Npw, may I present to you one of my favourite date outfits EVER:

T-shirt: From a thrift store
Vintage skirt: Vivienne Tam
Flats: Chloé
Vintage purse: From a thrift store

A bird's eye view close-up on my OOTD:

So a little backstory on this amazing skirt; I have an obsession with Vivienne Tam's Asian-inspired designs, especially her vintage designs when I first laid eyes on my mom's bag.
I have been on the hunt for very specific pieces of her work, and made it a mission to slowly collect them!
*determined look*

This skirt is one of the best fashion things I'd ever lay my eyes on,; you can't really see it here, but the skirt actually have carwash panels that swishes when I move around!
*sighs dreamily*

STYLE TIP: When wearing such a colourful skirt, keep your top simple to make the shades really pop. A white t-shirt is a no-brainer, but I'd also wear a black one for a sleeker, night-appropriate look!

I can't wait to show you more vintage Vivienne Tam designs I've acquired, but that will have to wait for another day!

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Weekend Lunch

Hello, everyone!

My aunt came down to Kuala Lumpur awhile ago, so my dad decided to take her to our favourite shredded chicken rice noodle place because it is seriously the best thing ever!
My aunt was very skeptical about it, an upon seeing the large portion, she offered to pass half of it to my dad.
I laughed and said she won't have enough once she had a taste of it, so she took a sip of the broth...
...and then announced that she could finish it on her on own, haha!

It has been rather humid then, so I decided to put on a breezy dress with the sweetest berry print:

You can't really see it here, but the sleeves are actually slightly sheer, and the dress has cherry-shaped buttons that I will show you a close-up of later below.

STYLING TIP: Large beach tote bags are great when worn with fun, summer dresses too!

Dress: From a thrift store
Flats: Birki's by Birkenstocks
Vintage bag: From a thrift store
Vintage bracelet: Kenneth Jay Lane

Here's the close-up of the adorable buttons, as promised:

If you followed my Instagram, you'd notice I posted a photo of this bracelet and remarked that it would be the perfect finishing touch to a cherry-printed dress, so I actually took my own advice, haha!

And here's a closer look of the bracelet worn:

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Quick Dinner Run

Hello, all!
My husband finally got his way overdue haircut last weekend, and I'm so pleased to finally see my handsome man again, hahaha.
He looks a lot younger than me now, which means I will need to get my haircut, pronto.
Can you believe my last haircut was September last year?
I am incredibly loyal to my hair stylist; no one else is allowed to touch my hair but Ivan Tong from Number76!

Anyway, once I got my handsome husband back, we went to Damansara City (DC) Mall for a small dinner at Ben's Independent Grocer.
By small, I meant we shared one piece of beef lasagna with salad!
I actually wanted the roast chicken with chips, but they already cleaned out the fryer almost an hour before closing time, sigh.
Thankfully, the lasagna and salad was delicious, so half of it was actually good enough for me!

So here is my idea of a casual look for the weekends:

Top: Zara
Jeans: Alexander McQueen
Flats: Givenchy
Vintage bag: From mom
Vintage necklace: Joseff of Hollywood
Vintage ring: Joseff of Hollywood

Initially, I went with a fitted cropped white t-shirt, but changed in the end because I felt bloated and needed a top that wasn't judgemental, HAH!
My best friend actually has the same top; we got it at the same time but mine is from Kuala Lumpur and hers from Bangkok, with the hope that we will be able to wear it together some day, hehe.

STYLING TIP: Spice up a plain white top with a pop of colour! In this case, I wore a matching necklace and cocktail ring together with a red lip to compliment my otherwise plain look. Extra points if your white top has something special, like ruffle sleeves!

Here is a close-up of the ring I had on and details on my jeans:

As for the jeans, I have been in love with them ever since I saw them go down the Spring/Summer 2016 Ready-to-Wear runway.
I thought the slashed design is really cool, only to find out it is actually embroidered, which makes it even cooler.
It is also high-waisted, so I can finally wear all my shorter or cropped tops without flashing my flabby bits to strangers, WOOHOO!

Here are the necklace and ring on their own:

The stone and beads on the necklace are actually of the same shade as the one on the ring, but they're more of a married set than a demi parure; the ring is a piece from a different set of jewelry, which I know Joseff collectors are very familiar with!

Would you try the matching jewelry trend?
Or even matching your lip colour to your jewelry?

Saturday, August 18, 2018

Last Minute Dinner Date

Hi, everyone!
My husband decided to take me out for dinner in a mall awhile ago because it was scorching hot; the weather has been so unpredictable that it is triggering migraines, and I cannot be more thankful for modern medicine to help keep them in check.

Besides the ongoing battle with headaches, I'd also normally feel lazy when it comes to last-minute outings and stick to a t-shirt and denim shorts outfit.
Not this time though; I should be pleased with myself!
I think all that dressing-up-momentum I gained made me want to look more presentable when I'm in public.

Our initial plan was to have meatballs in Ikea, but the crazy queue quickly changed our minds.
So, we dashed to Kluang Station instead for our fix of delicious (and sizeable portions) of local food.

Top: From a thrift store
Jeans: Levi's
Flats: Birki's by Birkenstock (from a thrift store)
Clutch: From a thrift store
Belt: Terranova

That top reminds me of what Dolores Abernathy from Westworld have worn in the show; I think I'll have to do an inspired outfit soon!
It is actually too big for me, but I can't help myself from buying because it is SO CUTE (and also very cheap but I digress WTF).

My jeans are also actually three sizes too big; I got this a couple of years ago and while I was meatier.
It was still a little loose then, but gungho me wanted it anyway because I was looking for comfortable straight-cut light-wash jeans.
While I don't exactly regret them, I certainly appreciate better-fitted (but still loose) jeans now!

Here's a close-up of my top (those shirring!) and my colourful straw clutch:

STYLING TIP: If your outfit is neutral or simple, throw in some fun accessories; my favourite would be a plain-shaped clutch with punchy colours!

When my husband saw the clutch I was holding, he asked me why was I holding a piñata WTF.
*heads desk*
I love how comfortable it is to hold; it doesn't feel scratchy at all.
Plus, I love the Missoni-like colours and pattern!

So that's it for the quick dinner!
What would you wear when on a last minute date?

Friday, August 10, 2018

Catching Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

Hello, everyone!

I've been wanting to watch the movie, and I was lucky enough to be taken on a movie date to see the dinosaurs.
While I feel that nothing could beat the magic of the very first movie, I still enjoyed this one because it had really good momentum that got me at the edge of my seat throughout the film.
Do watch "Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom" if you love "Jurassic Park", because it has many easter eggs that are true classics from the first movie; I enjoyed spotting them!

New cinemas are crazy cold, so it is the best time for me to bring out my sweaters!

Sweater: From a thrift store
Jeans: H&M
Flats: Birki's by Birkenstock  (from a thrift store)
Vintage bag: From mom

STYLING TIP: Never shy away from a great pair of white jeans. Roll or cuff them, then wear them with white shoes for a really fresh look!

If you're following me on Instagram, you'd know that I bought this sweater along with other goodies not too long ago.
I like how the sweater is a little cropped, and the "M" alphabet is very Monse Summer 2018 without the price tag, HAHAHA.

I know, I know, I've been wearing those same Birki's for so many outfits in a row by now, but can you really blame me?!
They're way more versatile than I imagined them to be, and I'm so pleased with how comfortable they are!
So I bought one more pair in my current favourite shade; can you guess what colour it is?
The answer is in my Instagram, in case you haven't been following!