OUTFIT: Kenny's Farewell

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When I was thinking of what to wear to Kenny's farewell dinner I didn't even need to think twice about it. I've been meaning to wear this dress out again as it's my best creation thus far - the halter neckline accentuates my top half beautifully, AND DAT BACK DETAILING DOE. You can call on me for tooting my own horn but I made a knockout dress and you should be jealous. Yeah. #lolnopleasedonthateme.  So when I flew back for the dinner I didn't even bother packing a spare dress because I was entirely sure that I'll be wearing it, and I was glad I did. Yet, the dumbass in me completely forgets to pack appropriate shoes to go with it, but thank goodness I decided to wear my trusty H&M Vans-Knock-Off early on for the trip. Having a majority black wardrobe is a good thing. 

Despite my initial worry that the sneakers will cheapen the entire look, it actually just toned down the fanciness of the attire and made it look more casual which was fortunate for me because I was afraid to show up overdressed. I have the tendency to overdress to occasions sometimes (hey, not my fault that everyone else is lazy to dress up). It didn't hurt to have my feet comfortable for the whole night either.

I finished off the look with these cute bangles gifted by Kenny himself, and my trusty metal plate belt that easily upgrades any attire to look more chic and fancy.



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We will meet again, Kenny!

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Farewells are never easy. It's safe to say that I left the dinner without dry eyes. Having to hug somebody that you knew would leave to a far off land will definitely make you cry like a little bitch. I never realized how much I would be missing this guy right here.If you can choose three words to describe this friendship I would pick: Dance, Drama & Cool Shoes. I love to gossip and rant about drama with this guy and don't ever get me started on how much dancing we've done together. You could clearly see how much of a manja I was all night, pulling out pouty faces whenever I can. Almost to the end of the night after we surprised Kenny with the Ice cream cake, the juniors in turn surprised me with a lovely cup of my favourite Mint Chocolate Chip ice cream as a mini parting gift (although I'm not leaving so soon, and no way am I saying goodbye to them like that!). We had amazing food all night, and having wonderful company that results in the most wonderful time is the icing on the cake. 

So Kenny, be good in Switzerland. Stay healthy, keep yourself warm, remember to have regular meals and continue to work on that body of yours (not like you really need it). I know you well enough that you wouldn't stop dancing no matter how far you are from home, so continue on. Know that I am always here on the other side of the telephone if you ever need me. Will see you again soon one day.

xx.




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LBDs at LB

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We all initially planned to go to Helipad on a Friday night but unfortunately we arrived at the building to find it closed for a private event. We were all bummed to say the least, but after a hasty 10 minute search to find a good rooftop bar we came across Luna Bar. We've all heard about it and reviews online say the same thing: it was a nice place to lounge around and the drinks were at a reasonable rate. We did have a wonderful night there albeit the slight downfall.

While we were planning this little night out, Alanna mentioned that she'll be wearing a black dress and coincidentally I was planning on wearing the black dress that I made months ago (on the count of that it was the ONLY dress I have left back in KL) and so did Mendy. In the end the LBD took over.

Since it was a backless dress, I didn't want to wear a bra that will ruin the whole aesthetics of the dress nor did I want to go through all the hassle of stick on bras. The cage bralette that I made around the same time was the perfect match for this dress and best of all I didn't need to worry about any slips or wardrobe malfunctions! For shoes however, because I was in the midst of moving back into my parents house I didn't have any fancy smanchy heels lying around. These white boots suited unusually well paired with the dress and I really love the juxtaposition of these street style boots paired with a fancy black dress. Things just kinda fell into place and I love how it turned out!

I've never seen the city from above in my 3-4 years staying here. KL is beautifully mesmerizing at night.


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Beautiful Movies

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With the recent release of The Grand Budapest Hotel, I find myself realizing how much I love to watch films with architectural scenic beauty and how much I appreciate clever panning shots. Halfway through watching the film, I guess you can say that I was inspired to concoct a list of my own consisting of the very films that inspires me.

Well I watch a lot of movies, as you could probably tell (recommendation list 1, and 2). I enjoy sitting through rolls of films and just engulf myself in their stories. One of my favourite moments in life is when I order take out just so that I could introvertedly sit in front of my computer and watch a movie at home. I particularly enjoy re-watching old films over and over again up until I get bored of it which is presumably after the phase where I  memorize every single line of the film. I've written two recommendation lists of film on my blog already and I apologize in advance cause I'm gonna pop another one right up!

When it comes to films I always appreciate good cinematography and beautiful imagery. It's the photographer within me that geeks out every time there's an exquisitely composed shot from a complicated angle. Sometimes I like to rewind the films and try to figure out how they get certain shots and what colour balance is used to suit the mood of the film. They're all technical aspects, and it's one of the biggest factor that drives me to fully and completely love a certain film.

Let's be honest, I'm using the term cinematography very loosely here. What I think it means and what it actually is may not necessarily coincide together but I'm just gonna go ahead and just generalize the term into what I perceive as aesthetically alluring imagery and clever colouring. This is my list of movies that I find to be stunning, inspiring and most of all beautiful.

Movies mentioned are not in any particular order.




Pan's Labyrinth

Although this movie is entirely in Spanish, this Guillermo Del Toro film is sure a must see film for all those who love to immerse themselves in fantasy themed movies. It's a show stopper and the story will keep you on the edge of your seat every minute of the way. The beauty of fantasy movies is that sometimes it could be too cheery and unrealistically happy (aren't they all) but this film is the result of mixing horror and malevolence into that magical batch of fairies and woodland creatures. I wasn't as impressed with the composition of angles and I found the camera tricks to not be as creative or astounding as other movies mentioned in this list. That however does not at all affect any of my excitement for this film as the props, costume design and the whole construction of the world they live in completely makes up for it!

Hugo

I didn't particularly enjoyed this film as much as I did with the rest in this list. The story line for me was too draggy, the script was boring, Jude Law's part was really short and I found Chloe Moretz's fake British accent to be massively annoying. What captivated me most about the film is of course the scenery featured in this movie. I was stunned throughout the whole duration of the film. It was mesmerizing! The colours in the film was nothing short of beautiful and I noticed that the contrast and vibrancy is pretty high, perhaps to accentuate the drama that this film portrays. Asa Butterfield, the actor who plays Hugo did a wonderful job in the film as well, you could really sense his sadness and loneliness. All these factors; the talented actors, the detailed props, the landscape, the colours, it all resulted into this Academy Award winning film and that is ultimately why this film makes my list.



The Grand Budapest Hotel

This is the movie that inspired it all. If you've watched it you'd definitely understand why. This Wes Anderson masterpiece has everything. It has drama, comedy, beautiful scenery, epic architecture and an all star cast. It's funny watching Lord Voldemort in human form. And again, Jude Law is the narrator of this film. If I were to choose anyone to narrate my life, it would definitely be Jude Law. No questions asked. What I enjoyed most about this film is the transitioning of the scenes. They used a lot of wide angle shots in this film, and the panning shots are done to perfection. And if that wasn't enough to pique your interest, the film contained three different aspect ratios to depict three different time frames - which is an ingenious idea if I care to say so myself.


Anna Karenina


The uniqueness of this film is how the film is entirely made into a ballet theater show. Everything is set upon a stage and as the characters walk off a scene and into another the stage remains. You can see in the stills from the movie itself, notice the 'stage' in each of these scenes which showcases entirely different atmospheres. The dramatic air is further accentuated with a lovely yet haunting soundtrack that sounds a lot like Russian folk music to me. One of the more captivating scene of the movie is where the protagonist performed a dance I like to call the 'hand dance' - which is absolutely beautiful. The dance itself is choreographed beautifully and the way I perceive the dance is that these two dancers are playing hard to get with each other - they desire to hold each other but are not allowed or even dare to make physical contact. The transitions are exceptionally beautiful in this film as well and the ballet theater theme completely takes over and more often than none you will find yourself agape with wonder.



Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events

This film marks the fourth consecutive film starring the sexy Jude Law. Yes, beginning with Hugo until this one, all these films consists of Jude Law. Why? I'm convinced it's because of his sexy voice. I'm not too sure as to how much CGI and green screen is used in this film, but the costume and prop design makes up for it, definitely. Also I have to add that the colour scheme used in the film is beautiful and it really does set the film and steers the audience into the right direction. The warmer tinge of the film makes it look like an antique and all that sharp edges of Count Olaf's house just further highlights the eerie quality of his personality. Perhaps I'm a bit bias, but I honestly think that Jim Carrey was the best thing that ever happened to this film. He made a very funny, yet scary, but also very funny antagonist.



Secret Life of Walter Mitty

"That Is The Purpose Of Life". The beauty in this film is to watch the timid Walter Mitty who, at the beginning of the movie was this loser who love to daydream all day, essentially turning into a bad ass. The film is all about leaving your comfort zone and having the courage to challenge yourself to do the things you'd never in your life thought you would do. I realized that the colour balance gradually changed throughout the movie to emphasize the transition of Walter Mitty's life and I appreciate little details like that. The wide scene shots are heavenly and don't get me started on the subliminal Life's motto placed here and there. It's a brilliant repeating theme of the film. Makes me go "ahhh" every single time.



Her

I've mentioned this movie before. It's a relatively recent movie and I don't know about you but movies have massively improved recently and the velocity of how much quality movies have been made today is very impressive. Her is set in a nearby utopian future that looked like something right out of The Jetsons - 80's fashion and all - but without the flying cars. The architecture, technology and fashion didn't seem to be too far off but they were profoundly more modern looking. Everything looked familiar yet alien. Their fashion looked vintage but their technology was far beyond that. Computers could forge human handwriting, juice cups are made of cardboard and people falling in love with Operating Systems is completely normal. The product design and setting is ingenious and it has convinced me to want to live in that time frame so badly. 90% of the film consists of just pure Joaquin Pheonix, closed up and all up in your business but I didn't mind at all only because the bokeh and the perfect amount of noise in the picture is breathtaking.



Inglorious Basterds

The only reason why this film make the list is because it captivates the beauty of whatever that was left during the Nazi occupation, as that is the time frame that the film is centered around in. The film starts off with a menacing and emotional scene starring the very skilled Christopher Waltz, who I must applaud as throughout the movie you'll be able to witness his ingenious ability to fluently speak 3 different languages. I'm not so much of a Quentin Tarantino fan, as I've only ever watched this film as well as Django Unchained, but they're very action packed and they're so, dare I say, pretentious. Surprisingly I really enjoyed this film than the latter and I find it to be a good conversational topic, the whole forehead carving thing specifically.



Scott Pilgrim vs The World

Now this film is a curve ball I've thrown in on a whim. Now I wouldn't exactly categorize this movie to be a 'beautiful' movie but I would definitely consider it to be a clever one. It is completely molded to sound, look and feel exactly like an arcade video game. The intro of the movie itself, the Universal Pictures intro was completely redesigned into a 2D pixelated logo complete with the quintessential midi version of the UP song. It's a brilliant idea and throughout the movie you can see comic-like ambient text, doodles here and there and to boot the fighting scenes are hilarious. Moreover, keeping to the video game theme, whenever the villian is defeated coins will appear out of their disintegrated bodies. This movie brought back a lot of nostalgic memories and that is why this film made it into my list.



Metallic Accents

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Now I don't usually wear accessories from day to day. Besides my watch, I never bother or even put any effort to add even the slightest pizzaz into my looks. However for this specific occasion I tried to step up my game by wearing this fringe necklace that I've had for over a year but have not been worn out ever since it landed into my possession. I love mixing metals, silver and gold knows no boundaries in my book. It's because although I know that I look better in Silver, I do love the look of Gold pieces. 

The fringe necklace really did a wonderful job upgrading my look from that casual crop top to an actual fancy looking attire. I love how it hangs so well and falls just right above my silver plated waist belt. I also absolutely adore how it adds dimension to my upper torso area, cause lord knows that this girl from the itty bitty titty community appreciates any sort of help I get.

This was taken over a month ago, just around the time I got my hair dyed. My hair looked so blueish grey then. I kid you not, my hair colour has faded so much within this month. Its bout time I get a touch up!

Kudos to Brandon J Hon for these amazing photos!


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