Friday, November 17, 2017

The Opulent Hippo Style Blog!

Hi, all!
I'm in the midst of reshuffling and spring cleaning online and offline, hence the silence (and lack of fabulous jewelry, UGH).

I've been tracking the blog's readership and it seems that you enjoy the styling and review posts the most out of all the other titles.
I am super glad about that, so that's exactly what I will be focusing on this blog!

Since my last blog entry, I have purchased a bit more jewelry (obviously!), and added other classic pieces to my wardrobe that I have been hunting since forever.
I am in the midst of shuffling the Etsy shop too, and is thinking of launching something else, but that will have to wait!

If you haven't figured out by now, this is obviously a filler post...
*sheepish grin*

But I am working on more content, so you should be seeing more of me very soon.
Not sure if that's a good or bad thing for you, but nothing's stopping me from that, hahaha!

See you back here in the blog again on my next update!

Monday, October 16, 2017

Baroque Versace

I'm getting a little behind on the outfit posts, mainly because I'm getting ready to return to Penang island.
And as most of you know, it's unlikely for me to dress up when I'm back there unless there is an occasion that calls for it!

Anyway, if you refer to my previous blog posts, you'd see that I'm a little obsessed with vintage Versace all over again.
First, it was the amazing runway show, then it was my mother's vintage bag (that I am set to inherit one day), and now, an amazing baroque-printed shirt that I thrifted!

Pardon my messy hair; I forgot to flip it over so you can see the back.
*head desk*
I chose those pants because it has a wonderful baroque design as well, but it's in a muted colour so it doesn't look too much (in my opinion, LOL).
Interestingly enough, everything in this outfit is either thrifted or vintage!

Vintage shirt: From a thrift store
Pants: From a thrift store
Loafers: From a thrift store
Vintage bag: Gianni Versace
Vintage necklace: Inna Cytrine Paris

And here is a close-up:

Funny story about the shirt; I was scrolling through vintage Versace baroque-print shirts on eBay while waiting for my parents to get ready for our trip to the thrift store.
I remember thinking to myself, "Man, these silk shirts are crazy expensive, even the inspired ones! Hopefully, I am able to pick out a shirt or two later.:
Hours later, et voilĂ !
I spotted this crazy turquoise and orange shirt that I quickly pulled out and chucked into my shopping cart.
Just so I can blog about this outfit tribute to the famed designer!

Anyway, I was obviously struggling with what jewelry to wear for an outfit already so extravagant, but I found my answer in this sleek modern collar:

This is probably one of my dizziest outfit to date (thanks to all the prints and patterns) but one that I really enjoyed putting together.
I may have shock some people with my fashion sense some times, but I think that's the super fun part, when people least expect it!

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Mommy's Birthday Dinner

Beginning of October is always a busy time for the family, because my parents' anniversary is followed by my mom's birthday, just two days later.
We took our mom to a new Japanese steamboat place, which is essentially the same as the other restaurant she loves, but doesn't really matter because it's the company that counts!

I inherited my love for fashion and style from my parents, so it only made sense that I have a fashionable mother who enjoys dressing up and taking many outfit photos, hahaha.
In fact, my mom and sister is definitely beating me at the selfie game!

The girls in my family; that's my fabulous mommy in the middle, and my youngest sister on the right.

Vintage shirt: From an online shop
Playsuit: From Bangkok
Flats: Zara
Vintage bag: Gianni Versace
Vintage belt: Christopher Ross

I've been wearing my Christopher Ross belts rather often lately; I have four of them and I love them all to bits.
I am currently trying to locate my vintage Michael Morrison studded belt; it was always in my drawer when I wasn't wearing it, and now when I need it, it's missing, ugh!

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Parents' 30th Wedding Anniversary

It was my parents' wedding anniversary, which means I am THIS close to being thirty years old.
*gasps in horror*
But it's alright, because I am the testament to my parents' love, HOHOHO.

We had a simple celebration this year with dinner at Michelle's Kitchen, a yummy Hakka restaurant near our home.
As always, it is tradition for us as a family to look our best during special occasions like this, so dressing up is a must even though we're literally just behind our house, haha.

We adjourned to our neighbourhood mall after dinner, and of course I found the time and place to pester my Instagram husband for some outfit shots:

I went for a safari-theme that day, mainly because I don't have any other belts of my own that fit the belt loops on my skirt nicely.
Also, I have been itching to wear the new trench-detail skirt I scored recently; it has not just one, but TWO ACTUAL DEEP POCKETS!!!
Almost every girl I know understands the pain of not having a place to stuff our awkward hands into, hahaha!

T-shirt: Gap
Skirt: From a thrift store
Loafers: From a thrift store
Vintage belt: Christopher Ross

I skipped the jewelry this time because my belt was swag enough.
That huge leopard could blind just about anyone who walks past me, haha!

Monday, October 2, 2017

Childhood Friend's Oriental Wedding

I recently attended the wedding of a friend whom I've known since we were 7 years old, so you can imagine my excitement seeing her so happy!
She had an oriental-themed wedding, so I was actually looking forward to wearing a cheongsam I had, but found out (at the very last minute) I left it in Penang.
*face palm*

So, I had to improvise!
I still wanted to stick to the theme; themed weddings are always so much fun to play dress-up with, and I wouldn't want to give up the opportunity to match other wedding guests, haha.

I decided to go with the most prosperous Chinese colours one could think of; red and gold.
Decided to sprinkle in some dark blue to break them up a little bit, so it doesn't get too predictable.
I love how it turned out, and I'm glad I forgot about that cheongsam I initially wanted to wear!

Dress: Zara
Pumps: Valentino
Clutch: Alexander McQueen
Belt: Gucci
Vintage earrings (unseen): Miriam Haskell
Vintage ring: Christian Dior

This look is definitely a mash of a two oriental influences; Chinese and Japanese.
For the Chinese side, we obviously have the auspicious red and gold tones, with embroidered florals.
For the Japanese side, we have the obi-inspired wide tassel belt and dramatic ruffled-sleeves are a nod to the kimono sleeves with a twist.

To play up the oriental-vibe, I added some simple pearl jewelry to my outfit.
They're accents that really tied my whole look together, even though you can't see the earrings clearly.
So here is the pair I wore, by Miriam Haskell:
My vintage pearl ring is by Christian Dior, which I've worn before HERE.
I still haven't gotten a good photo of it, so I'll update this post again once I do!