Posts Tagged ‘2013’

What is Family?

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Faces that mean so much to me, that have so much of my heart tied to them.
Family – what exactly is family? To me, my family does not just incorporate individuals I’m linked to by blood. My family are the people I trust my life with, and despite it being an extremely select few, I know that I am blessed and so lucky to have them. As the year draws to a close, the one thing that I am the most grateful for is family. For the love that my friends have shown me, and for finding my person this year. 2013 was a year of ups and downs, and the one year that I finally learned the meaning of being in a proper relationship and being in love. My two best friends are the two ladies I know I can always turn to, who won’t judge me, and who despite our differences, we can always forgive and forget, and still be there for each other. Distance is not an issue, we somehow manage to show love and grace to each other in our times of need. Family are those who make you feel safe, who love you despite all your failures and flaws, and who do not judge. Family are those who accept you for you, and who love you unconditionally.

In 2013, I found J. I found love & sappily enough, he’s my person who will choose me over everything else, and even with my fears and insecurities, he still stays by my side, reassuring me over and over. Even when my demons come back to haunt me, I’m safe when I’m with him, and I don’t think I’ve felt this way ever. That safety is something that means the world to me, and in 2013, that was what I received.

2013 — ups and downs, personal and business lessons. I know that I have to keep pressing on, constantly motivate myself, and to discipline myself a lot more. I can’t wait for 2014, because somehow, I have the feeling that year on year, my life is going to be filled with a lot more love, joy, faith and amazing experiences. Everyone’s on a path of betterment, of self improvement, of change, of love, of life, of trust. It has been such a life-changing year, as always.

Thank you for everything, for watching over me, for keeping me and all the people I love safe, for forgiving me, for believing in me. Thank you & I am blessed.

PS — I’m waiting for my Danielle LaPorte Desire Workbook to arrive before I start working on the 2014 resolutions & core desired feelings. I mean, I’ll have a couple of days before 2014 really arrives, no? ;)

Street Style Trends of 2013

It’s December, and the year of 2013 is coming to a close. I recently wrote an article for inSing.com on the Top 10 Street Style Trends of 2013, and I thought it would be perfect to share on the blog. Here’s my take on what the style-obsessed were obsessed about this year –

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All images collated & edited by me.

If you must know, I pretty much ended up with 8 out of the 10 trends on the list. The only two I didn’t partake in were the midi skirts & pointed heels – I couldn’t find a flattering enough skirt, and with the monstrous size of my feet (a 42, mind you!), it was a pain to try fitting my wide feet into pointed fronts, since they’re usually a lot tighter and narrower, eek.

Trends are a funny thing – they can take over the entire community, and oddly, despite it being necessary for fashion people to look different and stand out, when it comes to a trend, it’s better for one to wear the same item as everyone else.  Maybe not the same item, but perhaps the same print, same cut, or same fabric. For the case of the infamous Zara skorts though, everyone had to have it, and cheaper copies started popping up on a plethora of online stores. Why? My explanation for this is that not only is it flattering, it also adds a certain interesting flair to an outfit. When the white and black versions came out, they were sleek and pair perfectly by certain fashion bloggers. I think it somehow becomes dependent on who wears the item first, and also how easy it is for the masses, or everyone else, to access it. Once the high street stores get in on the trend, it starts to spread like wildfire and pops up on blogs, Instagram and magazines.

Interestingly though, I’ve been into ripped denim for ages, and when I wore my favorite pair of American Eagle jeans out one day, the boy’s grandma saw me in them and cheekily commented that I needed a new pair of pants and that I looked too poor to afford one. It’s important to note that not everyone embraces or understands trends, and not everyone will like trends. Myself, especially, if something I didn’t like or I didn’t particularly fancy was trending, I wouldn’t get on board the trend train at all. When purchasing fashion items, I have to make sure that I would use it in the long haul, and that I would be able to use it on daily or weekly basis. Items in your wardrobe should last, and they shouldn’t be items you’d want to get rid of after a year. I’ve learnt it the hard way – each and every time I clear my wardrobe, I end up asking myself countless of times “Why in the world did I buy this?!” as I look in complete aghast at the horrifying item I hold in my hand.

Lesson learnt? If you want to get on a trend, buy something at a lower price point, or if you’re really personally loving the style and it will end up being a classic, invest in something that will last. What do you think?