2014/08/11

sacred playground.

I went out to play at the nearby shrine. It is by no means as impressive as the big famous ones, but it offers the luxury of breathing in the atmosphere of a sacred place undisturbed by anyone else, except for a few local cats here and there.
I haven't worn anything colourful for ages, I'm simply not in the mood, but I love the material this mint skirt is made from, so it shines brightly in my monochrome wardrobe alongside my long red CdG coat. To balance the layering and texture clash of the skirts (and the graphic eyeliner), I kept the rest casual and simple - a white T-shirt, a white bandana, white socks, and white sneakers. I made most of the pictures black and white (here I go talking about colour), because I like how they feel simultaneously old and new... A while ago I had a really interesting conversation about Shōwa men combining their Japanese yukatas with Western boots and such, which I find quite fascinating. (Not that you could see Shōwa men walking around in a pair of Air Maxes, so much for historical accuracy.)

KNEE-LENGTH SKIRT - J BROWN (VIA Å-LAND) | EMBROIDERED HAKAMA SKIRT - VINTAGE (VIA NOPPELABO) | T-SHIRT - MONKI | ARM CUFF - C/O INFINITINE | HEADSCARF - BLAZE | SNEAKERS - NIKE AIR MAX

2014/07/14

lazy Sunday

When I was a kid, I hated Sundays. There was something about the air of nothing to do, which made me feel uneasy floating in the twenty-four hour time span. That is why even now I am always trying to make myself do something, even if only for the sake of doing something, just to escape that old Sunday feeling.
Last Sunday, in the middle of laundry and watching odd films, I finally got round to play with some jewellery the people at Infinitine were kind enough to send over. I have a thing for decorations that don't look like decorations, be it simple lines of metal or chains or light bulbs (although pearl and gold clad in this case). This vintage Issey Miyake Men shirt I bought recently is perfect to make the jewellery stand out, and at the same time it matches the whole lazy-to-life mood.

ALL JEWELLERY - C/O INFINITINE | SHIRT - ISSEY MIYAKE MEN (VIA NIBUNNOICHI) | SHORTS - H&M | SPAGHETTI TOP - MONKI

2014/07/09

I left my soul in Seoul.

A follow up of my last post. Selected moments from my (second) trip to Seoul in June.
Although many of them remain imprinted in my mind only, not on my camera's memory card. A street party in a playground taken over by street artists and young kids. A street musician playing old Coldplay songs (damn well). A modern dandy smoking outside of a suit shop. A family restaurant's owner explaining the kinds of meat each meal is made of using gestures and facial expressions only. A rooftop hangout with chamisul, makkoli, and corn cone crisps (They are the sh*t.). A flea market where a famous actor (apparently) buys your friend tequila while his friend googles him for her. Seoul is the kind of place that makes you want to experience it through your own senses directly rather than through the lens of your camera.

2014/07/06

Rooftop Art in Mullae

One of my favourite spots from my last trip to Seoul in June was Mullae (물래), an industrial area surrounded by tall blocks of flats, where artists started setting up their studios and turning the concrete rooftops into their canvases and exhibition rooms.
As most good places, this one comes without tourist guides, so when we got there we found ourselves surrounded by heavy industry, and heavy stares from the local workers. After giving it some thought, we figured that the only way to figure out where to go was to randomly climb one of those rooftops and see everything from above. And so began our series of rooftop-climbing, sometimes ending up on the building right next to the one we wanted to go to. But it was all well worth it. Mullae is very atmospheric and very, I'd say, real. It's certainly not a place for everyone, but definitely a great spot for those who indulge in urban landscapes, or street art, or both... and who don't mind getting a bit of city dust on them in the process.

2014/07/03

everyday white.

If I don't wear black, I wear white.
And instead of mixing them together in equal amounts for a chess board effect, I like to go over the top with one of them, adding only small accents of the other. You might say that it makes putting together an outfit easier, as you do only have one colour, but rather than that, I find that it leaves you undistracted to play with textures and volumes. And that has been 'the thing' for me recently instead of combining different prints or colours. I like the combination of lace and the silky spaghetti top, the grid cut-outs against the skin of my legs, the accenting and deforming of my body shape.
P.S. After 21 years, I have come to the life-changing discovery that I do not need eyebrows. It might make me look a bit less human (Is that even a bad thing?), but it also allows me to spend the time I would normally use to draw my eyebrows sipping filtered coffee, my recent morning addiction habit.


GRID PENCIL SKIRT - C/O FRONTROWSHOP | SPAGHETTI TOP - MONKI | GREY LACE BRA - MONKI | SNEAKERS - NIKE AIR MAX | SNAPBACK - BOY LONDON | KNUCKLE RINGS - H&M | NECKLACE - C/O FRONTROWSHOP