For someone who spent most of her life in land-scarce, urban Singapore, a place like Iceland feels almost unreal. To be able to lay eyes on mountains as breathtaking as the ones we casually drove by on our road trip, and witness the efforts of thousands of years of unrelenting water activity take shape in the form of awe-inspiring fjords and waterfalls was an immense privilege that I was thankful to have. No photo or video can do justice to the true magic of the moments you spend on glaciers, hills or craters, taking in the vastness of the Icelandic terrain.
It was then that I learnt to silence the hundred and one thoughts that I usually have swirling around in my head, and focus my attention on the multitude of sensations and emotions that surfaced in the moment. Those feelings of wonder, gratitude and exhilaration are permanently etched in the deepest corners of my mind, serving as reminders that we are but specks in the greater scheme of things, and that the world is so much bigger than we know.
One thing that I love about blogging is being able to work with amazing people who want to impact change in the world through the shared love for fashion. Recently, I connected with the lovely folks from Standfor, which just launched its first footwear collection earlier this month.
Originating from Portugal, the brand believes in uniting fashion and meaning and have demonstrated so with their first “Smoke Less” concept for their debut collection. On top of monetary contributions towards organisations, Standfor also takes inspiration from its subject of focus for the basis of each shoe’s design. In this season’s case, Standfor incorporated health issues related to smoking like fertility problems, breathing difficulties and even passive smoking into its Spring/Summer 2015 designs.
The “Smoke Less” collection comes in 6 different lines – Fertility, Breathe, Passive, Leaf, Out and Literal – with each line representing an aspect of smoking. My personal favourites are those from the Leaf line, where the designers took inspiration from the tobacco leaf and played on its beauty in the most natural form, rather than its more well-known destructive state as cigarettes. I have to say that it is very interesting to see how Standfor’s designers translated particular smoking-related issues into beautifully-designed shoes, for both women and men!
Here are some of my favourites from the Spring/Summer 2015 collection:
Are you ready to talk your walk? Check out Standfor’s debut collection for SS 2015 here.
I was in Copenhagen over the past weekend and in the earlier part of the week, together with my uncle, who was in Europe for a short visit. The city made it to my list of favourite places in the world – everything was so delightfully artsy and hip (do people still use this word?) and I loved every bit of it. Personal experience led me to realize that it was better to discover a city without having high prior expectations, and it was only after doing a bit of travelling myself that I started to discover what I really wanted to gain out of these travels. There’s a lot of talk about wanderlust floating around on the internet and I used to tell myself that I wanted to go out and see the world and everything that it has to offer. It was only after I got thrown into that world that I realized that what I thought I wanted didn’t really match up to what I really needed. Travelling shouldn’t be a checklist of places and sights that we have to strike out as quickly as possible, but rather, a collection of eye-opening experiences and discoveries that help you to grow with every new adventure that you take. I’m thankful that I got the chance to embark on a few of such adventures, and I do hope that there will be many more to come.
Self-reflection and personal thoughts aside, Copenhagen was definitely an experience that I hope I will get to relive again in the near future. I was lucky to have my uncle with me, and being every bit of the artist that he is, he knew exactly where to go and which spots to see during our 3-4 day stay. Freetown Christiania is definitely a must-go, and I enjoyed discovering cafes and street art in the neighbourhood of Vesterbro where I was staying. Be sure to drop by the flea market at Onkel Danny’s Plads if you are in the city on a Sunday. We got lucky and found it by pure coincidence.