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It’s been one year, perhaps time to change

19 Sep

Yeah, it was about a year ago that I decided to start blogging. Following a ‘just do it’ challenge from the facilitator in one of my summer fashion classes. A few of us did start a blog and sent out links to each other.

The class portrait. 'Just do it' facilitator is the bald guy right in the middle, lol

Very nostalgic feelings I have of the early days of StyleFest. I was on a mini sabbatical so I had quite a bit of time to do tons of research and find the best of fashion from around the web and more. I was a committed fashion blogger :-)

It was Spring 2011 fashion month back then and i blogged away to no end. Rushing to see all the shows barely hours from when they went live and staying up till the early hours of the morning, blogging away my thoughts and opinions. Those blog posts earned me a job at a fashion magazine you know? Lol

It was simply unforgettable. Simply unforgettable. That entire summer (and year for that matter) was a moment in time that I would relive again and again.

A lot has changed since then. I’m back to work, attention is split between fashion and so many other things. Right about now, i’m asking myself questions, trying to revive the many facets of my creative life that just do not need to be buried in favour of fashion, even though fashion remains dear to my heart and is being explored further as we speak.

So, what’s the point of the reminiscing? Here it is: Style Fest will be evolving from being a fashion only blog to a full lifestyle blog. It will be about everything I used to be and i’m reviving and everything i’m going to be. I used to be a Poet, Baker, Singer, Writer and I’m dabbling into photography (a Nikon DSLR coming in the near future). Quite a few facets but hey, the call is to place a demand on life and the thing about seeing in colour is that there are so many expressions.

StyleFest will be about Life the way i See it, including all of the above plus Fashion, Home style, Healthy eating, every thing I pass by on my creative journey. And because Style is all encompassing, there’s no better home for all that content than here. I planned to start a different blog called Pink Tapestry ;-) **yeah, wince and roll your eyes Big Sis, LOL** but decided to just make my home here. No need to do split personalities.

I clink glasses with every reader to a beautiful, stunning, picturesque journey ahead.

Let me end this new chapter intro with these poignant words by Steve Jobs, they are excerpts from the Commencement Address he presented to the 2005 graduating class of Stanford University:

Sometimes life hits you in the head with a brick. Don’t lose faith. I’m convinced that the only thing that kept me going was that I loved what I did. You’ve got to find what you love. And that is as true for your work as it is for your lovers. Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking until you find it. Don’t settle.

Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.


Cheerio folks, see you more often :-)

How Individual is your Style? Random Musings

11 Aug

I get bored easily if you ask me, and sometimes my wardrobe is the recipient of a wave of boredom. I just get tired of looking a certain way or dressing a certain way, so i want to change things up. No better panacea for boredom for me, lol.

The wardrobe and fashion choice is definitely a way to find expression, especially now with fashion evolving ever so quickly.

Now, there’s been a buzz about colour clashing in recent times, especially with the colour fest from the Spring/Summer Season. The real question to ask is, how many people can really pull this off and look good doing it? But hey, i digress from my main point.

Editorial in September issue of UK Vogue

We say style is about individuality but who really expresses their individuality through the way they dress? As in reeeally? I was  just saying my wardrobe gets hit when I’m bored but on the daily, I think I sometimes suppress my fashion sense in the name of reason. Sometimes, I feel like getting really editorial, read: picture above, lol, but then I just stop short cos I’m like, people’ll think I’m crazy. But should I really care? Shouldn’t I just look the way I want to look? So long as it’s not wrong? or a clear faux pas? or uncouth? Even though, dare I say the jury is out on what’s a faux pas these days. The rules change every day and what was a faux pas last month is haute couture today.

That’s why individuality has got to be king.

Well then, I really like to look at street style pictures, it can be so much fun. So i took to some of my fav street style sites – Elle, The Sartorialist and and came up with some interesting style from across the world and i mean that literally, Tokyo, Paris, Vancouver, New York, LA, Singapore, all represented.

Now, it’s no strange news that people world over are NOT afraid to express themselves through their style. It’s really beautiful, really. The crux is that they carry it so well and end up looking ‘uniquely fashionable’ if you ask me. See if you agree with me.

Don’t forget though, the argument here is for Individuality in your style! Trend slaves are bad, we get to throw rocks at ’em, lol

So, what’s the verdict? You have to admit, they pulled off  their individual style so well. Even when it was quirky or unusual, they had the complementary carriage.

So there, the vote goes to the fearless fashion savvy lady who will not be intimidated by the opinions of humanity.


Photo credits: Elle, The Sartorialist, Guerreisms