And just like that, we’re at mid-week! It’s been a world-wind October – mostly because this was the month of (hen’s) trips galore! Most indulgent, I agree! In my defence, it also seems that way because I extended my September London work trip (photos from that amazing trip coming soon, promise!); Taipei (that just happened the weekend past) was planned pretty long ago: Batam (two weekends ago) was pushed back from an earlier date due to the loss of a loved one…and while trekking up Mount Rinjani (will post soon on that trip too!) was a little impromptu, the dates were set from quite awhile ago as we had to find a time my friend (who’s now based in Panama) was back in this part of the world.
Why not just have one big hen’s trip? It’s because I have many very different groups of girlfriends! I have some I’ve known since primary school; the ones I grew up with and got in trouble with as a rebellious teenager; some where we bond over a love sport and adventure; some who are super girly and who don’t do any form of sport where we enjoy shopping, talking and checking out new bars and restaurants; some from SMU where we spent many a night working together on presentations and projects (none of my childhood friends went to SMU; I went in not knowing a soul and hence made a lot of friends there!); drinking buddies; party buddies; and of course, my (twin) cousin and maid of honour, who was born just two hours after me, and truly like a sister to me (I am sandwiched between two brothers). We have one short trip coming up, just the two of us!
I also didn’t want a big, wild hen’s night with strippers and crazy drinking (been there, done that for other friends’ hen’s nights!). I’ve always found friendships a lot more meaningful in smaller, more intimate groups where you can really share and bond without the need for superficial small talk and making sure everyone gets introduced (and gets along with) everyone else. As such, I can count on one hand the number of big parties I’ve thrown where all my friends are in the same place at once – my 21st birthday, my 30th and new year’s eve last year where the man and I threw a casual NYE/housewarming house party in our new place.
A few more very short trips before the year closes, but for now, it’s back to some serious work! Working on the edit for two very exciting video collaborations – so look out for those! Am also hosting the Puma Night Run this Saturday, and have some fun episodes for stylexstyle to be filmed these two months – so it’s a pretty packed time. No complaints though!
In general, but particularly when I am busy and find myself having to run about from place to place, I tend to choose clothes that are comfortable and fuss-free. I got these denim overalls in Seoul about two years ago – although I think my girlfriends who were with me judged me then for getting them! Turned out to be a pretty good buy as two years on, still loving them. They fit slightly slouchy and super comfy, the way I generally like my clothes, are at the right length so they’re not too short nor make me look frumpy and they seriously can be styled in so many ways.
I love playing with different textures so I put on a pretty silk camisole underneath then threw on this textured Aztec vest (snapped up at a steal at a MNG sale in glee!) over as contrast to the black denim overalls. Accessorized with a structured straw clutch, duo-tone sandals (I love leopard prints – no Ris Low jokes, please!) and a yellow ‘banana’ necklace.
Till the next post (travel one!)! xx