Favourites: February 2017

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Ah, February‚ÄĒa relatively short month of¬†28 days for year 2017 and only 20 working weekdays, with cold night-walks back home (which is strange for a country with no 4 seasons and lies so close to the equator).

Ironically, compared to January, the shorter the month, the more time I had to spend on self reflections and so for this second month of the year, I managed to have slightly more favourite items to share. I’m afraid there¬†aren’t any¬†more than last month, but there’s a bit more variety this time around!

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Bridget Jones’s Baby
Whenever a film has instalments, nothing could ever beat the first movie¬†and¬†I would agree with that‚ÄĒexcept maybe because I’m such a sucker for happy endings (yay to Darcy and Jones!) and spiffier outfits¬†(seriously, thank our¬†fucking¬†stars there weren’t anymore of those ill-fitting loose¬†blazers and unflattering¬†bobbly¬†outfits), I very much prefer this 3rd¬†movie.¬†Of¬†course good old Jones is¬†still fucking clumsy but this time round, she appeared somewhat charming (I had no idea that that was even possible).¬†But perhaps the most important of all: that mood during¬†that night scene with Darcy after the christening with¬†that¬†accompanying¬†background music¬†was probably all it needed to seal the deal (well, it is¬†Colin Firth after all).

Note:
Unfortunately, British films tends to bring out a portion of the British side of me (i.e.: potty-mouth), and although I know that we are in a day and age where nobody blinks an eye towards expressive vulgarities, still, I am sorry about this.

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MUJI¬†ÁĄ°ŚćįŤČĮŚďĀ¬†nail polish, Beige
Because of my inability to have steady hands and my busy schedules, I don’t enjoy painting my nails very much.¬†But I also hate looking at unpolished toenails while wearing¬†open-toe heels, so¬†I usually paint my nails¬†in a skin tone shade¬†(rendering my feet like that of a scary mannequin) because I realise this makes¬†mistakes less detectable.

I’ve tried quite a lot of nude-shade nail polishes: Dior, Revlon, OPI, Essie… but there’s always this¬†twinge of purple and grey undertones on them when viewed from certain lightings and angles, and it renders¬†my feet¬†like the undead!¬†However, this particular polish has¬†a hint of pink undertone instead, which is very nice! While it’s not very opaque, one single coat is usually good enough for me‚ÄĒif I able to fully concentrate: that is,¬†sticking to¬†my twice a month (before bed) nails painting schedule; no rush, no mistakes!

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Metal spoon for lunch
I’ve had this since¬†2009 and it was from my holiday in Thailand¬†with my friends. I had used¬†one during my nightly dinner (a small couple-run street side beef ball noodle stall) and I had loved how it was made of stainless steel¬†and just so adorably small‚ÄĒmost of these¬†spoons are usually quite large and are made of ceramic, which meant that it was not travel friendly.

Anyway, I ended up getting one for myself before the trip was over¬†and I’m so glad I did. It can be a little screechy¬†when¬†used against my metal lunch box, but it’s okay because¬†my headphones are often blasting some TV shows¬†and I don’t always join my colleagues for lunch (I prefer home-cooked food).

I¬†Will¬†Go to You like the first Snow‚ÄĒOST Guardian: The Lonely &¬†Great God
I’ve read music for about 20 years and because of that,¬†I’m quite sensitive (aka: picky) when it comes to film/drama soundtracks. But I guess because of this¬†education, my view of music is a little¬†old school¬†(especially when it comes to¬†OST)‚ÄĒI prefer a¬†melody¬†to¬†match its lyrics, which is pretty rare in today’s context‚ÄĒmusicians¬†often want the juxtaposition because it’s a representation of¬†unpredictability, rebelliousness and¬†excitement.

So imagine my surprise when this particular soundtrack, in spite of it being sung in a foreign language, managed to summarise the drama¬†succinctly‚ÄĒevoking the bittersweet feeling of longing, loneliness and love‚ÄĒproving just how powerful this music arrangement has been; it broke the lyrical boundaries and made the listener feel the¬†unspoken. Well done!

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Paris to Go: Why I Don’t Wear Vegan Leather
Anyone who’s interested in fashion¬†has probably watched the 2015 documentary film,¬†The True Cost, and while it did great at¬†exploring the impact of fashion on people and the planet, something was not addressed¬†in¬†the film: Vegan-leather fashion products. With¬†vegetarian¬†and vegan-ism growing to¬†become¬†a popular lifestyle choice today, it makes sense that¬†many people feel driven to become one‚ÄĒfor¬†the better¬†of the animals¬†and our environment… right?

Nope; Ariana’s provocatively titled¬†article begs to differ: by shedding¬†insightful¬†light on¬†what vegan leather really is, how the manufacturing process happens and the environment impacts it has to our Earth,¬†the conclusion is that¬†vegan-leather is actually far worse than leather products. Of course, it’s crucial¬†to remember that there’s nothing on this earth that we do that will have zero negative environmental and animal impacts. Instead, it’s just a matter of¬†how much¬†of such¬†impact will we¬†create?

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Fifi Lapin charms + necklace = Fifi Lapin charm Necklace!
About 2 years ago, I bought some of these Fifi Lapin charms for myself and a couple of my best friends. I used to wear them individually but 1. it was quite a hassle fix the charms onto the necklace and 2. I never knew which one to wear!

So earlier in the month, I decided to crack out my toolbox and had¬†them attached altogether on a single chain¬†(an idea that¬†came from seeing¬†charm bracelets). Now, on days when I’m wearing simple¬†cashmere jumpers from Grana, Topshop jeans and a bit of Lucas Papaw as my lip balm, I’ll spiff up¬†my outfit with this and I think the overall look is pretty charming (pun intended!).

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I’ve come to realise that doing these favourite posts takes a little bit to get used to¬†because¬†I’ve to make it a point not to write too much‚ÄĒelse it’ll just become a BA dissertation!

Do you have any favourites for the month of February? I’ll love to know about it so please do share it with me!

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