COLLECTION / Bassike A/W 2014

It's my first time to hear about Bassike. I saw it on Instagram 
a week ago and soon enough, I was liking every photo on the gallery. 
It's a young Australian hi-end clothing label which is known
for timeless , pieces. I love how the A/W 14 collection refines into
minimal pieces that offer structured silhouettes or may I say "Celine'-ized" 
sensibilities. Everything is definitely highly covetable. And if you're wondering 
how to style your Birks, ladies and gentleman, feel free to ogle in their lookbook
for inspirations. I am beginning to see a lot of clever Australian brands in the past few years
and Bassike is surely one in my long list.


SHOES / (un)Fair and Square

Today,  I just bought my most favorite Thriftstore purchase. How ironic that it turned out to be 1.5 size smaller for me. They say " if the shoe fits, wear it!" but surely, mantras aren't constant. For me,  some shoes look greater even if it's 1 size bigger. When questions about comfort is raised though, I pause and  ponder deeper. Let's face it, if a shoe design looks immaculately great , chances are it is painful. I've had my shares with painful shoes and ending up with a generous amount of blisters and scratches can be frustrating. But these shoes that I just bought is different. It's a basic sleek mannish derby with (drum rolls)  chunky square heels. I've been looking for square heels since Rad Hourani and Balenciaga (here) released their collection. I love squares and rectangles so much! Sadly, they're a size 36.5 ! What do you do when you come face to face with a small shoe like this? I can't let it go because chances of seeing this shoe again are rare. So,  imagine how I managed to squeeze my manly feet inside? Well, I did with a help of thin socks. Squeezing in was a problem but walking in it is  the main problem. The cheap price ,too,  made it more sensible for me to purchase it. It's too beautiful to be stuck in my shoe shelf  so my plan is to swap the square heels with my existing boots. However I love love the angled sole so badly  . Ughh... Such predicaments ! We shall see.


LIFE / Sharing

To let someone wear your clothes is a sign of a openness and trust. Clothes are part of your personal space hence sharing it means a lot. I used to have a roommate way back in college and I would be so excited whenever I dress him up for a school event. I used to own many clothes which I rarely use.  I lend him my new jackets and Chuck Taylors and accessories..  it was a fun thing to remember. Now I have Larrend and we do "clothes-sharing" all the time. I sometimes dress him up and find myself marveling at how clothes look 10x better on him. It pays to have a tall and toned body , no? Here, he is wearing my vest and pants and he looked lovely as always. It was yet another ordinary morning at his house and we start it by dressing up for the day.


OUTFIT / Sexless shadow

Kenki geometric vest
H&M pants
DIY muscle tee

I love that everything in my wardrobe  is easy now. Every piece I have mix well with the others. The convenience of  having less and wearing less conjured me to explore more sans the stressful styling . Sometimes it starts with the shoes and vice versa. I've been keeping this vest since I got them from a thrift store. It's too dramatic considering my interests with simple cuts and basic pieces  however with the rainy days we have , one must heed the help of a lightweight outerwear . As with the cigarette pants , they're made from a stretchy twill fabric. I love that it stretches and wrinkles at the right places.


OUTFIT / Small Wonders

Neoprene two-way blazer - Frontrowshop
shorts - Philosophy
leather crop top - ZARA
shoes - Nike Airforce 1

One main thing I've learned about basics is to never  underestimate them. Functionality and aesthetically-wise, basics are build-able and fun to style.  I used to feel incomplete whenever I wear something lazy and comfortable outside because I really love dressing up. I may have tamed down in the drama department however I still find that unique quality in clothes. I was unaware that I picked out pieces that aren't oversized this time. The blazer is in medium while the shorts are from my boyfriend and yes they're sized small. As for the crop top , obviously, Zara created it for lean girls even if its a free size. Add to the fact that I'm so worried that my biceps (what?)  won't fit in.  This neoprene blazer was my armada for that day. My friends were surprised and laughing when I turned the jacket inside out before eating the spaghetti. Haplessly a micro splatter made its way onto the white sleeves but I washed it immediately when I got home. Yes it's my first time to wear the shoes since  I had it. The crazy relentless rain impeded me to wear white shoes but turned out the raindrops cleansed the rubber soles so I was happy. I'm just worried about the effect of it soiling the leather portion. It's my first time to wear the crop top from Zara I bought a week ago. I was saving it for some occasion but I then asked myself why not now? I was just not bold enough to wear it sans the blazer since I'm not so used to exposing skin especially if it's the midsection aka the flab area of responsibility.