Saturday, April 5, 2014

Absence


Turtle neck crop top - ASOS (also in long sleeved)

Lace overlay pencil skirt - c/o Dressabelle
Leather look blazer - Kate Love (similar by ASOS)
Lucite pumps - Charles & Keith
Box clutch - c/o O'ORO | Gold watch - Casio

University submissions are approaching, and now one of those periods when I just want to wear black from head-to-toe, expressing my exhaustion and reluctance as I anticipate hell week. It pretty much means long sleepless nights for me. I chanced upon a quote by Rick Warren this week that said, "Every great comeback first requires a setback". A small dose of encouragement is better than none! In a similar way, plants have been flowering rapidly this week, as if it's their way getting right back at the recent month-long drought. Even on my way to school, I can't help but to notice the drastic difference a little rain can make. It may sound a tad cheesy to say but the beauty of hardship is discovering strength and endurance, isn't it?

Photos by Becca

Saturday, March 29, 2014

50's Sweetheart

Floral romper (worn as top) - c/o Dressabelle

P.S.
Since many of you have expressed your love for this organza midi skirt I'm wearing, I have decided to sell them in selected colours on my Carousell page! They are available in very limited amounts and handpicked colours. I try my best to keep everybody happy and will communicate through Twitter & Instagram for all updates, so keep a close eye! In the mean time, you may also follow me on Carousell @ulimali so see other awesome listings. Thank you all so much for the support! I'm more than happy to share with you what I love.

Updates for Organza Full Midi Skirt: Ruby red - Instock, Emerald green - Backorder

Nude leather pointed pumps - ZARA basics



Emerald organza midi skirt - ULIMALI Shop



Clam shell clutch - Lulu Guinness




Acrylic jewel tie necklace - c/o Dressabelle (upcoming collection)


Lime Crime Velvetine in Suedeberry



It's always interesting to relook at fashion from a certain era in history. As I have learnt in fashion school, how people dress is almost always a reaction towards an event. For instance, big shoulder pads in the 1980's symbolised power as more women entered the workforce then. Personally, I really love how glamorous women were in the 1950's, an era of the tiniest waists (since the Victorian era) and red lipsticks. To make this vintage look seem more convincing, I even curled my bangs!

Dressing like a fifties girl isn't complicated, in fact it's one of those styles that is flattering on anybody. Colours do matter, afterall being the first element that most people notice in an ensemble. Think of colour combinations you wouldn't normally wear such as red & green, yellow & pink etc. To avoid looking overly tacky, simply wear the accent colour in small amounts. The fifties is about having a perfect hour glass silhouette that is so feminine in every day. So as a rule of thumb, anything that gives structure but still tapers in at the waist would be on-the-spot. It's no wonder this dainty yet ravishing style is so well loved by women till today. 

Photos by Becca

Friday, March 21, 2014

Pool Blue

Organza overly blouse - c/o Dressabelle

Spot what's different about Uli today? One, I have cut my hair yet again and two, I'm in pastel! It's ridiculous how people react towards every new hairstyle I try. Ultra short bangs aren't the easiest to pull off; you'd either look good or dumb, there is no in between. It may sound absurd that in fact my hair is not that important to me, which explains the reason why I switch it up so often. Yet some people seem more affected by my short bangs than it actually bugs me. Why? Does an inch snipped off my head hurt you too?

Silver heels - Francesca's (similar here)



Scuba mini pleat skirt - c/o Dressabelle (similar here)



Let's just say I'm really a all-black-everything kind of girl whose favourite colours are leather, patent and camouflage. But this spring, I can't help but to be infected with pastel blues. As I've always said, a change of hairstyle really changes my overall attitude towards dressing up. This particular shade of cool icing blue has been sprouting up everywhere such as runways and look books so just what is so sweetly alluring about this shade? Personally, I think it's so refreshing, calming yet energetic at the same time. I am obsessed with pastel neoprene garments and pairing the cool tone ensemble with baby pink blusher and lips. Sweet as a macaron! 



Gold watch - Casio



For the cat lover in me, it's always a bonus when a feline friend greets me in the middle of the street. I just stopped whatever I was doing and gave the cat its well loved neck rubs. I have always envied people who are able to care and protect his pet. No amount of material things can compare to affection from a living creature. Stray cats sure know how to remind me that you can feel joy simply through giving generous neck rubs. :b

Photos by Corrine

Friday, March 14, 2014

Light Me Up When I'm Down

Ribbed crop top - ZARA (similar by ASOS)

My mood changes swiftly. Two weeks back I was all about tough girl gangster vibes, and this week I just want to look like an office lady from Shenton Way even though I'm really just a student who's busy with her assignments. I think the desire to dress corporately has to do with being in an art school; where dress codes barely exist. I truly enjoy the freedom of experimentation without judgement, but I sure miss my business school days when blazers and court shoes weren't an uncommon sight. I miss being told to adhere to a strict dress code. Oh the irony, how is the grass always greener on the other side?






Lucite heel pointed pumps - Charles & Keith

It may sound real silly to some; as a teenager I used to want to dress like office ladies because they always seemed to have the luxury of wearing high heels and big coats, which I didn't have as a regular secondary school kid in uniform that was stuffy and uncomfortable. Till today, I still love office wear just because looking powerful never hurts. 


Chunky chain necklace - Cheap Monday (similar by ASOS)


Floral trumpet skirt - c/o Dressabelle (similar by ASOS)


Leather sleeve blazer - Kate Love (similar by ASOS)


On a random note, I'm finally on Carousell! So many friends have asked me how I get rid of clothes and the truth is I don't...well not till now. A hoarder can change for the better. I will be listing clothes that I own, have worn or great pieces that simply deserve a better home. Find me at @ulimali if you'd like!

Photos by Jeanette


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