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Original date: 17.07.12

#nowplaying #summerplaylist Calvin Harris featuring Ne-Yo – Let’s Go

Even more bits from Trafalgar Square – with fantastic sunlight to play with this time around,









Lookbook:

Snake-print top, Victoria’s Secret
Satin blazer, H&M
Leggings, H&M
Faux fur tote, Boohoo
Wedges, Boohoo
Necklace, H&M
Hoops, unbranded

We went back to The Trafalgar – click here for the previous post on the place – one sunshine-filled evening for drinks before heading to Leicester Square for a late-night film, where we got all cosy on printed couches and oversized cushions set beside sky-high windows adorned with fringed curtains, looking out at the ornate Victorian architecture of central London.





Conversations in places like this intrigue me. There’s just something about seeing sharply-dressed people deeply engaged in camaraderie, be it intelligent or frivolous, their choice of drink in hand. It makes me think and wonder about their topic of conversation, their lifestyle, the people they are, what they have achieved, what they want to achieve. Mm.


What’chu lookin’ at?


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Right now is where you shine.

xo

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Original Date: 15.07.12

#nowplaying #summerplaylist Sean Paul – Touch the Sky

Determined to make the very most out of my last fortnight in London, I got the beau to take me to yet another rooftop bar in the city just a few days after we went to Madison – a bit more central this time around, right in the heart of Trafalgar Square, which also happens to be one of my favourite places in the beautiful capital, especially come nightfall (and when the fountains are switched on).


Vista at The Trafalgar sits at the very top of (this actually goes without saying) The Trafalgar, an esteemed boutique hotel situated just south of the well-renowned square, showcasing contemporary interiors – another favourite of mine, of course – all over. The al fresco bar’s decor does not stray too far from the hotel’s overall concept, and like the hotel, chooses to go for sophistication and understated elegance in what they would call true London style.



It is an absolutely gorgeous place to lounge around after a long day spent exploring the charming streets of London and the wonders they hold, especially since the beau went on a (very relatively) little spree on Oxford Street earlier in the afternoon, where he – much to my amusement – shopped like a woman, which is not something you, or I for that matter, happen to see every day.

And as usual, we indulged. Sitting back and enjoying the warm sunshine on our faces, listening to the rhythmic sound of heels and footsteps on the charcoal deck amidst the bar’s house playlist, sharing intimate conversations and company while sipping on chilled drinks and stirring crushed ice, popping olives like there is no tomorrow while taking in the breathtaking views of central London and its people, mm.




If you are interested in paying them a visit, it might be wise to make a booking beforehand as they are quite an exclusive one and only take a certain number of customers up to the rooftop at any one point in time, although you can choose to wait at the hotel’s ground-floor bar (which is worth a visit as well, I would say) and have a bit of a drink while they get you a place sans a booking, which was what we did.

And now for some obligatory vanity!






Lookbook:
Endless Nights top, H&M
Satin blazer, H&M
Skinnies, Miss Selfridge
Faux fur tote, Boohoo
Wedges, Boohoo (not in picture)
Necklace, H&M
Hoops, unbranded

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Click here for more pictures from the day!

I got the ticket to fulfill your dreams, just touch the sky with it.
Just let the rhythm come and set you free.

xo

Originally written on: 22.07.12

#nowplaying #summerplaylist Starships by Nicki Minaj

I’ve quite a not-so-secret penchant for rooftop bars (or boutique bars and cocktail lounges in general), and I’ve actually compiled a list of those which I think are worth going to for a drink or two in the heart of the city of London, most of which I’m hoping to pay a visit to before I leave for Southeast Asia early the following week. The beau, being the absolute gem that he is, took me to Madison last week after work, where we explored uncharted territory – for us, anyway – wandering around Cheapside and One New Change, a contemporary glass and steel complex boasting stealth architecture throughout (Londoners have actually nicknamed it The Stealth Bomber) and Madison on its sky-high roof terrace.



Architectural genius, I’d say. Especially with regard to fusing history and modernity together, what with St. Paul’s looming overhead, majestic and just as imposing. We spent quite some time walking around the lower levels, cooing over dapper-looking Hugo Boss suits and finely-crafted watches glinting under hot lights in the store windows before shooting straight up to the sixth floor where Madison perches, overlooking the panoramic London skyline – which is completely and utterly breathtaking, if I might add, and no picture can ever properly do it any justice, I reckon.





The place was crowded with sharply-dressed after-fivers having a drink or two, sipping on their choice of fine wine and cocktails ordered from a selection and sharing post-work conversations, while the more extravagant ones opted for champagne on ice. I chose to indulge in some clams over olive oil-drizzled pasta while the beau went carnivorous with a medium-rare steak complete with Bearnaise sauce to dip.

We were getting bouts of sunshine and rain that day but we made the most of it, heading out onto the sun-drenched roof terrace when we were lucky to savour the vast spaces and the stunning vantage point over the city of London, where the futuristic geometry of the towering, newly-constructed Shard near the London Bridge complemented the ornate intricacy of St. Paul’s Cathedral, the two intimidating giants rising up above everything else.


And of course, there was a whole lot of photography involved, as usual – where the beau practised his speaker poses and determinedly sought for a worthy Facebook cover picture.






Lookbook:
Bandeau, Jane Norman
Satin blazer, H&M
Skinnies, Topshop
Faux fur tote, Boohoo
Wedges, Boohoo
Ombre necklace, H&M
Earrings, Miss Selfridge



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Click here (Diamond Life, Lover Boy) and here (You Got Me Walking on the Ceiling All Night) for more pictures from the day!

xo

#nowplaying #summerplaylist Far East Movement featuring Cover Drive – Turn Up the Love

We are one tonight
and we’re breathing in the same air,
so turn up the love.

Fresh out from Far East Movement’s newly-released Dirty Bass album – which I was highly anticipating, this single is definitely one of my favourite summer 2012 songs so far. I’m a big fan of Far East Movement, swagger and Asians actually going out there and doing their thing, especially when they incorporate Western influences (although I do love the Eastern ones as well) – partly because I’m Asian, which goes without saying, and I’m proud to be one, but also because I’m all for diversity and embracing who we are and what we want to be regardless of where we come from, which brings me to why I enjoy fusion and mixing things up, collecting inspiration from everything I experience, anywhere the world over.

Summer nights in London town – when it only gets dark after half-past nine in the evening, when the Londoners suit and doll up to come out to play with cocktails and pints, when the cosmopolitan kingdom becomes all city lights and endless nights. It is a metropolis of charm, wonders and experiences, so magical and beautiful in its own right, where opportunities to indulge abound, just waiting for you to seize them.

With just around three whole weeks left in London before I board a thirteen-hour flight back home with the beau, I plan to take the city in and satiate my wanderlust palette as much as possible with what the sprawling capital has to offer, along with getting the tremendous number of things on my pre-departure to-do list over and done with so I can have a pleasant voyage back to South-East Asia – until my return in November for my much-awaited graduation ceremony, of course.

Time really does fly by in the blink of an eye. Days, weeks, months, years pass before we even know it, and at the end of it all, we are left standing at the forefront of a new stage in our lives, wondering what had happened to the previous one and whether we had achieved what we wanted to achieve, accomplished what we set to accomplish. Time is the most valuable thing we are bestowed with in this existence and it waits for no man, yet it is the number one thing people take for granted. So make it count, make it worth it.

As for me, I can still hardly believe I’ve completed university and my three years of living and studying here in the UK is coming to an end, but I know this definitely isn’t the last I’ll be seeing of the country and neither will it be the last it’ll be seeing of me. I look forward to the day I walk on these cobbled streets again years later, much more accomplished and closer to achieving my goals and fulfilling my purpose.

I was constantly pulled out of my comfort zone this weekend – courtesy of Mac Attram and Kurt Won of Sales Partners UK – but in turn, I learnt and grew so much in just a span of two days. I met fantastic people, forged amazing new relationships, and I’m now even more of a glass half-full, especially with regard to my future and what it holds for me. These two past weekends have been such an exponential learning curve for me, and I rediscovered something in me which hasn’t surfaced in quite a while now – and by a while, I mean years. Being in this incredibly supportive surrounding with people of a similar mindset changes you, your outlook, your self-concept, and I’m thankful beyond words. It is more about celebration and collaboration, rather than competition, which is what this world needs so much more of. There is an energy so powerfully positive here, it spreads like wildfire.

So burn, baby, burn.


I got nothing but love to give.

The Hippodrome Casino, taken at Leicester Square, London.

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In the meantime, have a brilliant start to the week, everyone!

So much loving in the atmosphere,
good times roll with me right here.

xo

Countdown to DS2DIO launch: 5 days

Because dance can move you, seduce you, make you believe in magic.

‘Each (style) as powerful as the next that expresses the people, the culture, the place that they come from. A moving record of our human existence. It is how far you can stretch your soul.’

I originally wanted to pick only a few to put up but I was watching the videos over and over again – each and every single one of them is so inspiring in their own way, it seems somewhat blasphemous not to post all of them up. Running wild, running free. Enjoy!

(click on their names to watch the videos in high definition on Youtube)

‘Dance means everything to me.. it’s a way of expressing who I am.’
Melissa Sandvig

‘When I’m dancing.. you take whatever makes you feel a certain way and you put it into your movement, and you express yourself.’
Legacy

‘Why do I love dance? It just shows.. me. That’s my artwork. I’m an artist and I’ve a creative outlet. And that’s why, that means a lot.’
Ian Eastwood

‘When I started dancing, it really helped build my confidence and helped me get over my shyness.’
Mariel Martin

‘I felt a calling, and I think the calling was that this was what I was supposed to be doing.’
Keone Madrid

‘If I’m home alone, I just dance.. it was like I went into another place, and no one has to know about it, it’s my own little secret.’
Harry Shum, Jr.

‘..that’s what dancing does to people, it just gives them an incredible feeling. And I just love that, I give a piece of me to the world.’
Jamaica Craft

‘If my dance had to say one thing, it would be to let love lead. It’s a platform to say everything that I have to say and express. That’s a beautiful thing.’
tWitch

‘I make this character where I’m essentially an android that is programmed to move to the music. When I dance, my mind goes blank and I let the music tell me what to do.’
Madd Chadd

‘I think dance is definitely a release of emotions.. it’s so incredible to release my soul to the world.’
Kayla Radomski

‘I love to dance because it makes me feel happy when I make other people happy.’
Baby Boogaloo

‘Dancing was my only language that I ever spoke.. dance was the only thing I ever got right, and it’s still been what has made me get everything else right.’
Brian Friedman

‘..when you’re deep in the moment of dance, none of that stuff exists and time just slips away.’
Wade Robson

Join the movement (and the community!), and tweet on what dance means to you with #weknowthefeeling.

#inspiration #concepts

xo