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Studio Stylin’

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Photos by Clifford Loh

Recently got to work in a studio for a styling project for Eriin Creatives, and I was super stoked to be able to work with a good friend of ours, Clifford. Clifford is the managing editor and founder of Vulture Magazine, quite possibly one of my favorite publications from Singapore – contemporary and targeted at a new breed of creatives, the magazine explores art, design, music and of course, fashion. Check out the website and grab a copy from there. Clifford’s portfolio is jam-packed with such breathtaking shots, I sometimes find myself so overwhelmed and inspired by the fact that he’s only 24! So much talent in one young dude such as he.

The idea behind this shoot was to go for something a little more mass, something you’d see on a H&M or Topshop billboard, and working with very little resources (Hi, I did the hair, makeup and styling) I was extremely pleased with the results of this little project of ours. Let me know which image was your favorite, and if any spoke to you / made you want to buy an item – all in the name of market research! ;)

10 Leather Necessities

Sidenote: Welcome to KateEatsCake.com. I decided to take the leap and commit to a domain, which also means I’m going to have to commit to updating this space, which I am more than happy to do. To commemorate this, I’ve decided to go ahead and share my 10 leather necessities. If you don’t know this yet, my wardrobe is literally filled with black, and one of my favorite black pieces to have is anything leather – it is chic, easy to clean and adds so much character to even the most simplest of outfits. Let’s begin ;)

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1. The Leather Dress
A full leather look never hurt anyone, and this will be an easy wear – slip it on when you need to make a statement, and pair it with rose gold accessories. You don’t really need to make much of an effort with your accessories or shoes as the dress says it all. My favorite cut for this is either a shift or some sort of tank-dress form would work. I found an absolutely affordable black version at Zara last season and love it, especially with the pockets it has just at the hips. Here are some of my picks –

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2. The Leather Skirt
This is pretty much a HUGE must have, and the simpler it is, the better. I would define this as a wardrobe staple / classic, and it works well with a white tee and some Birks. It would also look lovely with a knit or oversized button down thrown over, and some pointy pumps. I don’t think there’s much that can or should be said, except get one in black! A-line, flippy skater, foldover, with slits… Anything goes, but I like to keep my pared down and minimal.

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3. The Leather Tote
This doesn’t need much explanation – the classic black leather tote will last you ages (even forever, maybe) and one that fits your laptop, camera, extra shoes etc will bring you far in life. I throw almost everything I have in my trusty carry-all, and due to the quality and great cut of it, my outfits are always pulled together and chic.

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4. The Leather Pant
I don’t own a pair of these in my wardrobe, but only because in tropical Singapore, there is an extremely high chance of me melting to my death in these, especially since I already have a hard time keeping my jeans on. (I’m a skirt / shorts kinda girl, and my legs need lots of ventilation.) However, if I had the chance, I’d purchase this in a skinny or jogger version, since they add such a cool factor to any outfit. Balance an oversized fit with laced up stilettos, or pair some leather skinnies with white Nike Air Force Ones.

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5. The Leather Crop Top
This is, for me, the perfect accent to wear with denim shorts, or over a white tank and some jeans. It could also be a great item to go with a pencil skirt – I’m not too sure how else to expand on this, so let’s let the pictures do the talking.

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6. The Leather Crossbody
I wanted to title this “The Leather Bucketbag” but I’ve decided that a crossbody would be a better staple. I’m talking the Celine Trio, something that is easy to carry, can fit your wallet and cellphone and a lipstick, and works well with almost all outfits. I’d bring this with me on vacation and on my flight, or even carry it on a girls night out / date night. White, black, tan or nude would be wonderful choices. I quite literally picked everything below from COS because (imo) they do the best leather crossbody bags.

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7. The Leather Sneaker
Slip ons or lace-ups, the sneaker has definitely made a comeback over the past year. I like mine in leather since it just provides a more luxurious sleek look, and they don’t have to be completely ridiculously priced. My shoes get a lot of wear, so quality and comfort is key. I would definitely make sure there’s adequate padding inside though as these might end up giving you some mighty blisters if they aren’t well lined.

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8. The Leather Jacket
The Quintessential! I’m pretty in love with the baby pink cropped version they have at Zara right now, but that will definitely not last through the seasons. I found another pink version at Topshop which is much cheaper and very very tempting. However, I would suggest that if you want to get one, get it in a staple color that will work with your wardrobe. Black is my top pick, what’s new! Zara & Topshop are my go-to options for a leather jacket – affordable and flattering cuts.

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9. The Leather Shorts
Oh gosh, I’m not sure how to go into this – I used to have an obsession with shorts, be it denim shorts, silk shorts, leather shorts. I own 4 different versions of the leather short, and they’ve never let me down. Pair it with a white silk button down, or an easy simple tank. Thrown some sandals on and you’re good to go.

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10. The Leather Birks (aka Slides)
Nuff said, bet you saw that coming. This works with EVERYTHING and I literally wear mine 5 out of 7 days a week ever since I got my full black leather Birkenstocks Arizonas 4 months back. Super comfortable, these are my favorite go-tos. If you aren’t a fan of the thick soles of Birks, choose a pair of slides that emulate that clean, Celine-look.

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That’s about it, phew. This was an entry that I spent a lot of time on, did you like it? Let me know if you’d like to see more of this.
Some pointers on buying leather though – don’t do patent, don’t do pleather thats cracked, and always make sure your leather clothing is lined or there’s going to be a sweaty party going on inside when worn. I’d also like to mention that upon buying these items, you’re going to have a much easier time with your wardrobe – pairing these with a white tee, a button down, or even just a simple silk tank is any color will still have you looking very effortless and luxurious (or at least that’s what I believe in).

Take the first step and invest in some leather necessities! Let me know how it goes, have a great week loves.

All White Errthang

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Probably everyone who knows me well enough knows how much I adore the color black – even adore might be too light a word, perhaps obsessed would be more like it. The words “All Black Errthang” sit on my laptop in the form of a sticker, and I quite literally cannot get sick of black dresses.

However, it has come to my recent attention the cleanliness and beauty of all white everything – black and white, yin and yang, they both work in perfect harmony, but when only one is in play, the depth it brings is intense.

Am now considering a pair of white Birkenstocks, since I wear my black Arizonas to death. I think it would be a great note to add that white seemingly adds a couple of kilos to your frame, which has hindered me from fully donning the color. Let’s see how this plays out and if I can integrate a couple of all white outfits into my daily life.

Hope everyone’s having a fabulous weekend – mine was filled with lots of sleep and great food.

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