#316- Beatnik

JUMPSUIT: Basic Black Jumpsuit from ShopEverydayPeople
ACCESSORIES: Black Beret / Black Horse hair heels / Gold-rimmed Circle Shades

Beatnik was a media stereotype prevalent throughout the 1950s to mid-1960s that displayed the more superficial aspects of the Beat Generation literary movement of the 1950s.

At the time that the term Beatnik was coined, there was a trend amongst young college students to adopt the stereotype, with men adopting the trademark look of bebop trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie by wearing goatees, horn-rimmed glasses, and berets; rolling their own cigarettes and playing bongos. Fashions for women included black leotards and wearing their hair long, straight and unadorned in a rebellion against the middle class culture of beauty salons. 

It’s amazing how throughout history, especially from the 20s to the early 90s era, there were so many different subcultures; and how they influenced fashion and other lifestyle aspects overtime. There were more to these different subculture than the superficial stereotypes. Many of these cultures were developed because of the struggle people had at that time.

Since 1958, the terms Beat Generation and Beat have been used to describe the antimaterialistic literary movement that began with Kerouac in the 1940s, stretching on into the 1960s.

Whether it’s music, dance or literature, these people found a way to represent their identity. If you think about it, without these people and their mindset back then, we probably would not have so many inspirations to look up to. Do you know even hip hop was one such subculture too?

What is your favourite era culture then?

Collate The Label; Girl-boss, Girl-inspiration

source: couturetroopers.com

Singapore Fashion Week just ended last Sunday. I’m still quite bummed I didn’t make it with all the other commitments in my life currently :(  But my insta-feed had been super happening so even though I wasn’t there, I still got some previews what’s happening. Yea I know nothing beats the real thing..kk I’ll make it for next year.


One of the biggest talks that came out of SFW2015, is Collate The Label.

source: collatethelabel.com

source: collatethelabel.com

If you don’t already know, Collate The Label is a new independent label founded by Velda Tan, who is the co-founder of Love, Bonito.

source: herworldplus.com

On the collection: A prime example of “Less is More”, it’s simple, yet elegant at the same time. The construction on some of the pieces gives a different visual to the otherwise basic silhouettes. The use of contrasting materials and hues also adds subtle details to the minimalistic pieces.

This collection definitely worked in achieving a balance in bold constructions, playing with contrast in textures and colors. I really love the pleated hem layered dress (1st right), the mint peplum dress (1st left) and open back sleeveless dress (not shown here) from this collection.

Aside from the collection, what I really wanted to talk about is the woman behind the label. I think Velda is an inspiration to all independent fashion retailers and girls in Singapore.

Starting from a humble blogshop (Bonito Chico), Love, Bonito had emerged at the top. They became a registered company (since 2010),  started manufacturing their own lines and even collaborating with international designers to create new collections. To be able to reach this level,  I believe this takes a lot of passion, commitment and vision; especially when you consider back then not many consumers believed in e-tailing.

Tex Saverio x Love, Bonito at SGFW2015 source: lipstiq.com

Tex Saverio x Love, Bonito at SGFW2015
source: lipstiq.com

Over the years as a blogshopper, I’ve seen so many blogshops pop-up and disappear, shops that are no different from each other in terms of product offerings. I feel what sets LB apart from the rest is they were always ahead of trends. Forecasting trends takes an amount of research and sourcing, both of which are not easy. Also, LB adds value to their customers by offering different product lines and efficient customer service. On top of that, I figured it’s the persistent attitude and forward vision of the founders that led to the success of Love, Bonito today.

So for blogshop owners, this business is not easy. But what you can learn from Love, Bonito is don’t be afraid to step forward and be different. Be innovative when it comes to adding value to your customers because that’ll set you apart from your competitors. More importantly, success and popularity don’t come overnight. So you have to be resilient to build up your shop’s name.

Then, as for Velda, instead of getting all comfy despite the success of LB, she continued to improve herself “going back to school” and further expanded her direction and vision for the local fashion scene. Hence, rather than envying the luxurious lifestyle she has, I urge girls to be inspired by her attitude towards achieving her goals. You have to dream big and be more confident about doing what you love. You’ll meet with obstacles and setbacks but these will help you learn. Sustained success does not come overnight nor does it just come with a pretty face, you have to work HARD for it you know.

source: buro247.sg

As for Collate The Label, with a visionary like her behind the label, I believe we can expect more awe-inspiring designs from the label. And maybe we’ll soon see this home-grown brand on the international stage.

Support your local talent!

I would like to take this chance to introduce y’all to a highly talented lady who has the most beautiful voice i’ve heard in Singapore! My hair literally stood on theirs ends through the song.

FYI: Zarina is in a Funk band called FungkiMunkees. GO check them out!

Original composition by herself, Zarina, featuring 2 of our local dancers Rachel & Marcus. Enjoy!

29th Jul 2014 OOTD

TOP: Lace hi-neck cropped top
DRESS: Jersey Suspender dress
SHOES: Black mesh creepers









And so i heard Germany won the Cup. Didn’t watch the match cos i had to wake up really early this morning for work  (the match was 2.45am here in Singapore =.=) not that i was remotely interested though. Soccer is just one game i’ll never understand somehow …

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Today’s outfit features pieces from all my favourite blogshops!


TOP: Leather Biker Jacket from Wonderstellar, White cut-out cropped top from YoungHungryFree
BOTTOM: Gingham Midi Skirt from TheTinselRack
SHOES: White loafer platforms






In other news, my second feature with AFSTREETSTYLE is up! go read it here! pardon the grammar errors cos i was trying to answer really quickly lol.



Ended the day with a minor dislocation and acute muscle strain in my left wrist. Glad it was nothing too serious;  the sinseh managed to push back my wrist and just needed to rest my wrist after that and there was no bandage. Wouldn’t say whats the cause of it, but it’s a very disheartening and disappointing one. “Great” start to the week huh?


Girly Sport Chic

Ok i have to admit, other than throwing on a jersey, there is nothing else “Sporty” for this look. But hey, jersey is still trending over here in SG and because of the different styles of jersey, there are limitless ways to dress-up in them! My personal favourite are baseball jerseys and basketball jerseys, in terms of the shape and patterns used. But some girls deter away from jerseys cos they think it’s too boyish? but really you can look chic in it with the right styling!

For this look, I’m wearing a basketball-styled jersey by Bank II Brothers. Actually got this at a dance event FloorKilla. the brand is by Dandy, a korean popper. the jersey comes in black/red and red/blue. But i figured b/1 would be more versatile for my wardrobe. Paired the jersey with a bright red pencil skirt instead of shorts or leggings to girlified the look. Complete with the right accessories (Cap from Stussy, flora studded clutch from taiwan, gold buckled booties from taiwan; but a few blogshops brings them in)

Actually this kind of look has been feature in VIVI a few times, except theirs is with hoodies..

But honestly who wears a hoodie in our country this season! a walk to the mrt station makes me perspire already when i wearing a breezy outfit. Seriously the weather last warning. So anyway adapting this style, i mod it to smth more suitable for our climate. The main style point of this look is..

If u’re wearing baggy top, wear a tight bottom. Else u’ll look REALLY short. The Big-Top-Tight-Bottom combi give the illusion of a slimmer/petite sillouette. And of course wearing heel-ed footwear will give the extra height. But i wouldn’t advice to wear those wedge sneakers cos those look really heavy, weighing down your whole sillouette. If u’re tall and have never-ending legs, u can consider wearing dr marts (seen in vivi model example 1). for the rest of us vertically challenged girls, let’s stick with heels k :)

also, because these basketball jerseys have huge armholes, PLEASE WEAR A PRESENTABLE BRA / SPORTS BRA!! i’ve seen girl wearing muscle tanks with granny-nude bras…not a very pleasing sight o.O Here i’m wearing a caged sports bra (chatuchak 1 for $4 only!!!). In a way it adds some tiny detail from a side view..

but if you don’t have caged bras, i guess bikinis can do too. if u wan a covered look, cotton on body sells pretty nice sports bras if i remember (and if they haven changed out their season yet). Main thing is because the overall pairing of the clothes outside is quite plain, u can afford to go for a louder innerwear for a focus point in the style.

And one last thing, as i don’t have the luxury of long hair, so my hair will look flat and my face will look huge when i wear a cap. Therefore styling is not just bout clothes! hair is also important! what i do is curl my ends  to create volume so my hair don’t look so life less  (makes my face look smaller too!)

that’s all!