Friday, 24 July 2009

Late-night Oxfam surfing

I don't need a jacket right now but if I did I might be tempted to buy this one.

Sam disapproves of polka dots but I think they are great. And I do like blue and gold ...

- Zen

Wednesday, 22 July 2009

Umbrellas make everything better

Umbrella - sister's
Necklace - Vincci Accessories
T-shirt - Zara
Skirt - mother's
Shoes - Kate Kanzier
SOAS tote bag - gift from friend

I really liked this outfit and plan to do more variations on the T-shirt/long skirt combo. It's one I always think is going to be a great idea -- see e.g. this picture of Alexa Chung on StyleCovered -- but for some reason it never quite works out for me, usually 'cos I'm not keen on tucking things in and I'm not that keen on belts. Not tucking my T-shirt in made it look sloppier but 100% more comfortable. And you know where my priorities lie when it comes to style vs. comfort! (The only time I betray my principles in this respect is wrt shoes. Oh shoes, why so beautiful yet so comfortless?)

Also you might have noticed that I did buy shoes from Kate Kanzier after all. I have good reasons for this but I gotta run, so no time to explain them! *koff*

- Zen

Monday, 20 July 2009

I gotta say ...

I'm not feeling the love from my fellow Lemms here. Sam's having exams and is therefore exempt, but Sue has been silent for millennia -- what's the deal, Sue? Nobody signed up for the all-Zen all-the-time clothes blog!

Sadly I appear to be the only one who is boliao enough to be posting here, so y'all will just have to put up with me. I haven't been posting for a while because I just had a week's holiday Berlin and then raced to Cambridge to attend my boyfriend's graduation ceremony.

Neither was an especially fashion-focused event, but I did manage to take some pictures which may be of interest ...

I tried on -- but did not buy -- these shoe boots in an H&M in Berlin. I'm surprised I haven't seen them on other fashion blogs already. I think they are adorable!

Speaking of adorable, check out the print on this dress I saw hanging outside a secondhand clothes shop near Warschauer Strasse station. It was only 4 euros. I'm not sure why I didn't buy it -- perhaps a concern that, not being much of a gamer, I'd just be posin' if I wore it.

Close-up of the print:

Berlin is home to lots of interesting graffiti. Here are two images seen on walls that I wished I could screenprint onto a T-shirt.

The pensive monster was actually on the wall of a T-shirt shop, but there were no T-shirts featuring it inside the shop. False advertising. :(

Back in England, I took some bad pictures of pretty people at the graduation ceremony. The fun thing about graduations is that there are lots of different sorts of people at them, and you get to see what they each consider to be appropriate dress for a graduation. Several impressive hats and saris, but I was struck by the simplicity and prettiness of this woman's outfit.

I know I find this attractive simply because I like muted blues and purples, but I wonder whether it also helps that the woman wearing it has short pale blonde hair? Short pale blonde hair seems to help wonderfully if you are trying to look chic. Witness Agyness Deyn.

Less elegant but more interesting -- I was impressed by this woman's gold-and-pale-blue damask suit.

You can't see it very well because Grey Cardigan got in the way -- grr! -- but it's actually a jacket over a dress. The dress is plain pale gold on the top; the blue patterning action only begins at the bottom of the dress.

Finally, a photo unrelated to any of the things above.

Seen in an Oxfam shop. The reverse of this T-shirt features a small Singapore flag -- I already knew, of course, because of the use of the word 'prata'.

- Zen

Saturday, 4 July 2009

For the first time

In the past week or so I've been doing things I've never done before.

1. Trying on an old lady dress and liking the look of it

This was when I was browsing charity shops with Sue. Sue liked the collar and I liked the print. But as much as I advocate for wearing whatever the hell you want, there are times when you have to conclude that some other super fabulous girl is more likely to look better in a dress than you. So I left it. Maybe I'll see it some day on a fashion blog, fulfilling its intended purpose of being totally awesome.

2. Visiting the Tower of London

White enamel flower necklace - market stall at the Curve
Baby blue T-shirt -
Salmon pink shorts - H&M
Suede sling bag - Esprit

I felt like an indecisive baby shower. :D

3. Running around a fountain in a party dress

Bright pink racerback bra - Marks & Spencer
Absurd ivory party dress - Pia Jensen Malmo via Bang Bang Clothing Exchange
Pink and white flip-flops - Vincci

This fountain on the South Bank is composed of four squares quadrisected by walls of water which turn on and off at intervals. You can dash in while a wall is down and wait till the water shoots up again to surround you! Most exciting.

Sadly I slipped and fell on my butt while dashing in. My back hurts. :( As a Malaysian I'm inured to the sight of flip-flops on the feets of the masses, but I am now coming around to the view that wearing flip-flops anywhere except on a beach is a fashion faux pas. Because very few flip-flops are made with grippy soles! At least on the beach the sand is a natural friction-provider.

4. Going out er without a bra

White enamel flower necklace - market stall at the Curve
White lace tank top worn back to front - Primark
Grey dress with fan print - Leather Lane market
Pink and white flip-flops - Vincci

Um, I know, it is a bit shocking. It's because this dress does not really fit me: it is too tight around the bust. I knew this when I bought it but I bought it anyway because I loved the print so much.

I realised the overly-tight-bodice problem was solved if I did away with the extra padding provided by a bra. It's still pretty tight, but it fits better. And you can't tell anyway!

5. Eating a red velvet cupcake from Hummingbird Bakery

Happy (belated) Independence Day to US-ians!

- Zen

Thursday, 2 July 2009

Coveting madly

I think Kate Kanzier is my newest favourite place in the world. I was browsing the stalls of Leather Lane market when I saw the fancy darkened windows of the shop. I wandered in on a whim, really, assuming the shoes inside would either be awful or nice but way beyond my price range. Instead, I went inside ... and found a wonderland of oxfords.

On the website these seem to be all £25 and over, but I think they were having a sale when I went because several models were going for £20. I was especially enchanted by the Olivia Vier in beige.

Such gorgeous neutral colours, and the toe is a most dignified shape, though you can't see that in this picture.

Though the well-ventilated Kellys were also quite charming.

According to the website the uppers are synthetic but the lining is made of leather, which must account for how soft the shoes were when I touched them. My experience with oxfords is that usually they bite -- they are bitter to the feet until broken in -- so that I always wonder how girls manage to go around in them socks-less. Perhaps I just have wimpy feet. I think I could really wear these without socks on, though, if it weren't for the prospect of sweaty feet.

Of course your feet get sweaty with socks on as well. But at least they don't stick to your shoes as they would without the sock barrier.

I also liked the loafers. The long-tongued 669:

and the less extravagant 676, which comes in a variety of colours.

But I cannot, cannot justify getting any of them, no matter how delightful these red loafers would be with the fraying ivory party dress I scooped up at Bang Bang. So I shall love from afar, and afar only ....


- Zen, for only having one birthday in a year!