A while ago, I was catching up on Margaret Zhang’s recent work on her website when I stumbled upon something she wrote that resonated quite strongly with me. In this post, she writes, “…music taught me how to feel, and everything I touch creatively is driven by emotion – sometimes to an irrational degree.” I think it’s a statement that a lot of people can relate to. Music will always be my first love, and I spent many years learning to play the piano, singing, performing, and making music within the comfort of my bedroom walls. This later developed into an interest in dancing, which I do my best to nourish by attending open classes every now and then.
Music has the power to influence my mood in so many ways, it’s insane. These days, I’ve been staying connected to my favourite crooners and urban poets with a pair of Regent headphones from Swedish brand Sudio. They’ve kindly sent over a pair*, and I haven’t parted with them since. I love how classic they look – the white leather material complements the gold hardware so elegantly, and the marble caps add a subtle statement to the design. This is great because it means they’re versatile and I can match them with all of my outfits (the most important thing, lol!). I also appreciate that they’re Bluetooth headphones because my previous pair used to get tangled up in stuff a lot (yes, I can be quite clumsy). After using them for about 3 weeks, I notice that they last a really long time, and that’s coming from someone who tends to forget to charge anything that isn’t her phone or laptop. The website states that it’s built to last 24+ hours – I haven’t exactly put that to the test but I do notice that the battery life really does last quite a while!
In this look I styled them with my favourite denim jacket that I found at a flea market in Singapore. I love the acid wash finish and the statement graphic at the back – a nod to the Young Romance comic books that ran in the 50s and 60s. I also have on a pair of hand-crafted earrings from madebyhazymomo, and Urban Decay’s Vice Lipstick in Disturbed on my lips.
Sudio has very kindly offered a 15% off for my readers with the code rougeandruche. They’re having their pre-summer promotion now, which means that you’ll get a complimentary tote bag with every purchase from their website from now till 30 June. International delivery is free, and purchases come with a one-year international warranty.
I’ll leave you with a couple of my favourite tunes at the moment. I hope they get you grooving along as much as they did for me!
*I was sent a free product in return for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own and are not influenced by the company and/or its affiliates in any way.
Hi guys! It’s been a long while since my last beauty-related post so I thought that I’d share some of the products that I’m loving this month. First is a shampoo and conditioner pair from The Body Shop that I honestly did not think I’d like at all. It was my first time shopping there for myself, and I was genuinely surprised at how limited their haircare range is. The banana-scented products intrigued me the most, so I got a bottle of shampoo and conditioner from that line and ended up really enjoying them a lot! One thing I did notice is that without the conditioner, the shampoo dried my hair out so be sure to buy them both together to really get the most out of the line.
Next is a Micro Cleanse Super Scrub from Alpha-H. I know how important exfoliating is but I haven’t had the chance to pick up a scrub until some time last month during a Sephora online sale. I love that it’s made from eco-friendly Jojoba beads, and that they’re fine enough to be used on the daily. It also has glycolic acid and peppermint which leave my face feeling very refreshed. I have noticed that my skin has been looking brighter since I started on the scrub, though that might also be because I never used to exfoliate prior to this.
Last is Fenty Beauty’s Match Stix in Rum, another beauty buy from the most recent Sephora sale. I’ve been rocking a pretty nice tan since I got back from Bali and I wanted a highlighter that was more bronzey to match my current skin tone. Rum is a beautiful copper shade that gives off a very natural-looking highlight on my skin. It’s a look that I absolutely adore and the shimmer skinstick has been making a frequent appearance in my makeup bag ever since!
I have a confession to make. A lot of people I know love wearing their new clothes at the earliest chance they get. I, on the other hand, have a habit of keeping my new clothes in my closet for as long as I can, until there’s an occasion that calls for some fresh threads. This printed shirt that I got from Harajuku in Tokyo has been hanging in my wardrobe for the past one and a half years, waiting patiently to be worn. That opportunity came around recently and it felt so good to have it on!
I love the llama print and it felt right to pair it with an equally fun make-up look. I have Fenty Beauty’s Mattemoiselle in One Of The Boyz on my lips, and Match Stix in Unicorn across my cheekbones. I’m also wearing a pair of Alta earrings in Ultraviolet by madebyhazymomo, lovingly crafted by my friend Haz. You can check out her other designs over on her Instagram if you’d like. Happy browsing!