Ah, February—a 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!
Bridget Jones’s Baby
Whenever a film has instalments, nothing could ever beat the first movie and I would agree with that—except 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).
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.
MUJI 無印良品 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—if I able to fully concentrate: that is, sticking to my twice a month (before bed) nails painting schedule; no rush, no mistakes!
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—most 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—OST 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)—I prefer a melody to match its lyrics, which is pretty rare in today’s context—musicians 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—evoking the bittersweet feeling of longing, loneliness and love—proving just how powerful this music arrangement has been; it broke the lyrical boundaries and made the listener feel the unspoken. Well done!
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—for 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?
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!).
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—else 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!