277 - Natural Element

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"Why don't you stand there and take your shots?"
"I'm wearing WHITE SHOES, hello?!?"

Had lunch with my #singlegirlsclub (no longer in Paris) at Food For Thought the other day, and made an ode to our trip with the shirt I bought from the men's department in H&M along Champs Elysees on the first day we got there. Every piece of clothing has a story to tell, right? Also, a uniquely masochistic quality of mine - deciding to pile on the layers in Singapore (the blazer is quilted on the inside) rather than in Paris when the weather could be half, or even a third of our local temperature. 

It was also my birthday on Friday, and we celebrated that by blowing $200 on Taobao and buying a gorgeous new pair of shoes from Zara's sale (hashtag, #birthdayluck) that are forcing me to reconsider my closet and churn out some less plebeian outfits. One month of waiting before Christmas arrives early, from China.

Photos by Thalia
Taiwan houndstooth blazer; H&M Men printed t-shirt; Zara shorts; Taobao shoes; ASOS cross-body bag; Taiwan & Editor's necklaces

276 - Paris Rues - Deux [Paris 2013]

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The second bulk of my amateur Paris street style photos, friends edition. Once more featuring Jessica, this time round as well there's Bradley, Sabrina and Thalia, my dedicated photographer for the span of 9 days, and many more to come. Seems odd enough that I couldn't take advantage of the much more advantageous and amiable weather in Paris - averaging around 15°C - to layer and wear longs, but once I'm back in Singapore I'm piling on the blazers as if the temperature isn't more than doubled. Sartorial Sadism? Catchy.

275 - Exterior and Interior [Paris 2013]

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A courthouse and.. a garden. One too many stunning places for #ootd shoots, and unfortunately plebeian looks. I tried my best. It's still my dream to get my hands on a silver jacket and pull off a totally silver look. These "gardens" were at the college we visited for lectures in the morning, Sciences Po. There was supposed to be reception and food for us indoors - with really great quiche and pesto pasta that I had multiple servings of - but the greenery outside and the cold, refreshing air looked too tempting. 

Fields of tiny daisies and walls of plants, with an amazingly apt silver pipe running along the bottom.

Photos by Thalia
Zara pleather jacket; Editor's silver pullover; Soeurs silver shorts; Nike Free Runs; Taiwan diamante necklace

274 - Pretentious [Paris 2013]

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It's pretty hard to get a photo more pretentious than this - posing with a random bike on a cold, post-rainy morning in a black leather jacket, posthumously desaturizing the photo to end up with some hardcore biker chic-ery

Someone told me that the weather forecast said it'd be warmer that day, and we were heading to the Garden of Versailles, so I opted for shorts (no comment about the leather) and tossed on the new H&M Men's shirt I got the day before at Champs Elysees. It was a nerve-wracking half an hour trying to figure out if I should 'splurge' 20 euros on it, and if Singapore would have it at a cheaper price. I haven't seen it yet, so I guess I made the right decision.

Photos by Thalia
Zara pleather jacket; H&M Men sporty t-shirt; Editor's pleather shorts; Nike Free Runs; Taiwan diamante necklace; Lacquar studded wristband

273 - My Name is Arnold [Paris 2013]

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The chance to go Paris led to a subsequent tip-off by a sister of my classmates', telling us where in Marais we could find good vintage shops. And last-minute circumstance dictating a one-hour-only free-and-easy time led to us running around the streets, and myself never having been so glad to bring track shoes. (Once more, blessed be the athletic trend)

I managed to walk out of one of the shops (not the one recommended - it seemed to have packed up) with a "real leather" (claims the label) biker jacket that is much too hot for Singapore, but much too unique and a steal (of 15 euros) to leave on the shelf. So I wore it the next day.

(Other lovely finds included a leather skirt, and an ill-fitting army shirt that is sitting forlornly in my closet.)

Photos by Thalia
Vintage leather jacket; H&M Men's shirt; Editor's pleather shorts

272 - Steeped

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It's that kind of post that makes you doubt whether I have any actual, worthy content to share with you - but arguably, these are some radical shoes. Solestruck's recent sale and my unfulfilled shopaholic hunger led to a diversion of time away from studying for my exams, and scouring pages of shoes instead. These caught my eye, but they also bypass my measly wallet. 

Top left, we have the WXY Fighter in white; followed by some Japanese inspired clogs (a much more minimalist take, I approve) the Trippen Ajar; and a handy substitute mirror on your feet (wouldn't that make an interesting #ootd shot: attempting to do some yoga while touching up your make-up) with the Invisible Shoes by Andreia Chaves; and classic United Nude genius in the form of Tulip Hi in Black.

Bottom right we have a precarious balance of ingenuity and suicidal tendencies, with 116-79 by Finsk; and the star of the show, another shoe by Andreia Chaves, the Naked Shoe; another balancing act (I reckon this makes you look like you float even more than the ubiquitous Simone Rocha rip-offs everywhere) by Martinez Lierah; and the gorgeous shoes for David Koma's last show - an ode to Anubis - in collaboration with Alain Quilici

271 - The Paris Rues - Un [Paris 2013]

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It's everywhere. I can't pinpoint if it's just the people, or the weather, or the foreign city, but everyone seems to have something compelling and striking about themselves to showcase. You can't miss a moment. (Too many of which, I have.) In the meantime then, enjoy some of my 'streetstyle' photos - all looking like this because I was being much too of a wimp to approach anyone to ask for shots. 

Also, special feature of one of my best companions for the trip (#singlegirlsinparis) Jessica!