It's been slightly over a week since I've been back from MBFWA in Sydney and I'm still reeling in excitement a little over the whole experience. Being backstage for the Michael Lo Sordo show (thank you, Skin Inc!) and watching all the behind the scenes action unfold in front of my eyes was an eye-opener. From seeing the models arrive, to them getting prepped and ready for runway - it was all rather chaotic.  So many people are involved to put a show together and before you know it, the show is over in about 20 minutes. All that prep work for 20 minutes! 

It was so lovely getting to meet and chat with one of the designers, Michael Lo Sordo backstage. He was surprisingly really calm before the show. I can imagine that I'd be a bundle of nerves if I were in his shoes! Velda, my fashion-bunny companion throughout this trip and I even bumped into him at a The Grounds of Alexandria a couple of days later. What a nice coincidence. 

The both of us people watched in between shows - it's really fun to see so many people dressed up, took OOTDs for each other - I love the white playsuit that I'm wearing (thank you for dressing me for the shows, Miss Selfridge!), and did a pit stop at Bill's Cafe at Surrey Hills to fuel up - the ricotta hotcakes are to die for. What fun. :) 

Outfit details:

Sunnies: Le Specs
Playsuit: Miss Selfridge (Orchard Gateway branch, Singapore)
Heels: Zara
Clutch: Alexander McQueen



The Rocks, Sydney

I did not expect to return to Sydney so soon after my 2 day escapade in the beautiful city last year. What brought me over this time was the Mercedes Benz Fashion Week, with an opportunity to go backstage for the Michael Lo Sordo show - how could I say no. I flew in a couple of days earlier before the show to enjoy the city. It was also really a chance for me to take a short break and to gain fresh perspectives and inspiration to fuel my role as Creative Director at Wardrobe Theory. 

For those of you are wondering why Wardrobe Theory has been so quiet on the new arrivals front, we've been really busy designing and prepping for full collections of 'Wardrobe Theory Originals'. Yes, we're moving towards becoming a full-fledged label and I can't tell you how excited I am! I've designed every single piece in the upcoming collections and this whole process is taking longer than it should as I'm super fussy about quality and cuts. I'm making sure that everything is perfect before we are ready to present the collections to you. For a 'lil sneak peek, I'm wearing a pair of high-waisted tailored shorts from one of the coming collections in this series of pictures. :)

These pictures were taken at The Rocks - one of my favourite places to visit in Sydney. You can access the Sydney Harbour Bridge from here, head to the Museum of Contemporary Art, or walk around and enjoy the beautiful and quaint architecture of the buildings around this area. Definitely lots of photo op moments! The cafe on the top floor of the Museum of Contemporary Art is a must-visit when you're here. The view of the Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House is beyond amazing.

Outfit details:

Shirt: Zara
Bag: Chanel



My stay at Pullman Central Park Hotel.

I stayed at the Pullman Central Park Hotel in Jakarta when I was there for work recently. The hotel was the highlight of my whole trip and I was so happy to get back everyday after I was done with work. The interior of the hotel is really funky with a modern industrial theme and I loved the mix of pop and modern art displayed throughout the hotel. Chats with the Hotel Manager revealed that Pullman supports local and all the art pieces are by Indonesian Artists. I really like that. 

Breakfast every morning was a huge and grand affair with a really wide selection of Western, Japanese, Chinese and local cuisine. I think I looked forward to breakfast every night before I went to bed. Surprisingly, I also had the best sleeps during my stay at the hotel. I don't usually adapt to new environments quickly and usually have trouble sleeping. I think it was the comfy pillows that lulled me into a deep sleep every night. I woke up to no tight and aching shoulders every morning - a common problem that I have! The pillows felt so good I actually came back to Singapore and got my pillows changed, hoping to recreate the good sleep that I had. 

I didn't have time to hit the pool, but I managed to take walks around the hotel and check out the swimming facilities. The pool looked really inviting. I'll remember to make time for it next time. One of the best parts of the hotel was the Zen Garden. I loved the serene garden scape amongst the high-rise buildings in the congested city. 

Of course, I squeezed in a spa session at the hotel. I had a 1 hour foot, shoulder and hand massage one night and it was heavenly. The best part was, I paid only about SGD40 for the massage...in a hotel spa! What a steal. 

Thank you for the wonderful hospitality, Pullman Hotel. I'll definitely be back!




The search for 'the one'.

The part of the wedding planning that gets me most excited is searching for the perfect dress. I've tried on gowns at 3 bridal studios so far. Call me dramatic, but I'm thinking that when you've found the perfect one, a gasp will form under your breath, and you'll know in your heart that this is 'the one'.  

These are the gowns that I've tried on so far. The first one is from Prelude Bridal, 2nd - 5th from Jessica Cindy, and the last 4 is from Tiara Bridal. I started out the search with a pretty clear idea of what I wanted in mind - mermaid or trumpet cut with little or no lace. Lace details are a little too feminine for me. 

I didn't want to limit myself with these options in my head right from the start and kept my options open during these fitting sessions. I tried on as many different cuts and detail options possible. After trying on so many, I've not swayed much, or rather, at all from these criteria. I decided that I still like the mermaid or trumpet cut, and lace is still not for me. But, I've added on other must-haves to the list: lots of tulle and I would like a dreamy, off-shoulder tulle detail added to the gown. 

Which gown do you like me best in? Please leave me a comment!