Thank God it’s recess week!! 7 academic weeks have flown by so quickly, I’m thankful for this little breather before things get hectic again. The past few days have been spent relaxing at home and fiddling with my new phone – a Samsung S5! Here’s to hoping that a phone with a great camera will encourage me to be more active on my Instagram account… taking things one step at a time. For today’s getup, I went for a happy, chill vibe because the weekend finally feels like a weekend again… I can put away the schoolwork for a bit and have some time to myself! One of my favourite things to do with a button-down is to tie the bottom up as such – this makes the whole look feel more casual and easy. Of course, this also depends on the length of the button-down – thankfully, this one was made for such a purpose! I also do the same for my oversized button-downs, which are long enough to pull off a similar look.
I’m happy to announce that I am now a content partner of Issuu – the fastest growing digital publishing platform in the world! Everyday, millions of avid readers flock to Issuu to read free publications with topics covering fashion, art, design, music, and so much more. On my sidebar, I have embedded Angela Gillstrap’s INSPIRED: Top 100 Style Bloggers, the 2014 Edition (click on the publication to expand it to perfect reading size). This would be perfect for those of you who are looking to find new style inspirations (or those of you who are just bored and are constantly stalking people on the net). For male readers, there are some male bloggers featured in that publication as well, so do check it out! 🙂
Handbag brand Angela & Roi started out merchandising affordable bags online in 2012 before it was officially launched in February 2013 by founders Angela Lee and Roi Lee. The couple believed in creating a sustainable model where fashion consumerism could meet philanthropy and decided to focus on health as their cause of choice after founder Roi Lee realized its importance, having gone through personal tribulations when his own father experienced ill health during Roi’s childhood. After getting inspiration from a fashion show that supported AIDS awareness with the signature red ribbon, the brand’s ‘Donate by Colour’ mission was born, where a portion of each handbag sale is donated to selected non-profit health organizations in a bid to raise awareness for their respective causes according to the colour of the handbag sold.
‘Donate by Colour’
Angela & Roi’s bags (all crafted with Vegan leather) come in a variety of colours, each linked to a different cause. For every bag that you purchase in a particular colour, $5 will be donated to the cause linked to the colour of the bag. For instance, when a customer purchases an Angela & Roi bag in pink (traditionally linked to breast cancer awareness), $5 will be donated to The Ellie Fund, a breast cancer charity located in Massachusetts, one of the ten non-profit organizations that work together with Angela & Roi. Each bag comes with a coloured ribbon, representing the cause that you have just supported with your purchase.
The Ribbon Project
Angela & Roi has also launched The Ribbon Project, where messages of hope and encouragement are delivered to Cancer and Disease fighters. There are two ways to support The Ribbon Project:
Purchase a bag from Angela & Roi and pen your message onto the postcard that comes with every bag. Snap a picture of the postcard with your message on it and share it on Angela & Roi’s Facebook page and Instagram (@AngelaRoi) with #angelaroi and #ribbonproject.
Pick a patient to support on http://bit.ly/ribbonprojectFB and leave a get well comment for them. The lovely folks at Angela & Roi will write your message and deliver it to your chosen fighter under your name.
This is a truly wonderful concept and the bags from Angela & Roi are classic, timeless pieces that are versatile and wallet-friendly, for the superb quality and workmanship that goes into the creation of each bag (all of which are designed and manufactured in South Korea). These pieces have a place in any wardrobe and every purchase counts as a step closer to improving a Cancer and Disease fighter’s life. Here are my some of my favourites from the wide collection of bags available at http://www.angelaroi.com! I’m especially fond of the Square Tote series – the colours are so beautiful and I haven’t seen any other bag quite like it… but I spared you guys the Square Tote photo spam, you can head on down to the official website to check them out for yourself 😉
(Note: Purchases from Angela & Roi’s official website can only be shipped within the US. Other retailers which carry Angela & Roi bags are Modavanti, Uncovet and Shop Ethica — Uncovet ships to a selected number of countries, while Modavanti and Shop Ethica ship internationally with request via email!)
It’s a very strange feeling, coming back home after half a year of living abroad. The past 6 months feel like a dream, and I’m still trying to wrap my head around the fact that it all really did happen. You come home and nothing seems to have changed but you feel… different. I find it most perplexing that I open up my wardrobe now and I find that I can’t seem to identify with half of the clothes that I have in there. I have been exposed to so many different styles and influences that my own personal style has changed over the past half a year I’ve been away. It has become a new challenge for me to find ways to merge this… newfound sense of style with the one I possessed pre-exchange. Style boards on Pinterest have made this task a lot easier for me – I’m not an avid user of the platform but I do foresee myself coming back to these boards time and time again. Here are a few street style inspirations I have found that correspond very closely to what I *hope* this merging of pre- and post- styles will amount to! Now, to recreate wearable versions of these for Singapore’s heat…