Vert de Terre

pardon my french (pun) which I blame on the essays upon essays I have been churning out week after week. it’s really not that bad (except for occasional essay crisis which involve a lot of lying face down on my bed buried under my duvet like a worm – ver de terre – moaning about how sucky life is) but I’m just going to continue to pretend that my workload is the sole reason for my poor form on the humour front.

after a bright white summer, I’ve realised that despite my surprising ability to keep my whites clean and pristine, the English rain and consequently mud is just not compatible with that kind of lifestyle. cue earthy tones. my winter wardrobe thus far comprising of various hues of beige and brown has welcomed a new addition; a dark bottle green pinafore dress from Zara.

in my most recent post essay euphoria, (which usually lasts a few hours until I realise I have more work looming) I stumbled into Zara and came across this green gem. the cutest pinafore dress with my favourite type of fabric – it’s a sort of structured velvet with a slight sheen that gives a lovely texture. the dress has a cross strap back, two metal buttons on each side of the waist and an oversized front pocket. the pocket makes me giggle a bit because i’m always complaining about how small pockets are and this huge one is kind of like the universe going “here, is this big enough for you?”.

Iweta, my amazing talented friend came with me on my first venture into our beautifully overgrown garden. kudos to her for not only putting up with my idiotic prancing around but taking cool creative shots and actually making me look slightly less socially awkward in the process.

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What I’m wearing:

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Tiff

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Sweater Weather

Seeing as I brought my heavy ass DSLR to uni I might as well use it to its full potential, am I right?

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I can never get over how beautiful Oxford is. I try to pass myself off as a tourist – especially in town – when taking a billion pictures of the same thing at slightly different angles. This nearly always works except for when I have an armful of library books and various other telltale objects that expose my true blue student self. Aside from the stunning setting and my photography obsession (my friends have diagnosed me with photo OCD, photOCD?), here are a few snaps that my fab friend Fats graciously took.

Winter is coming and it’s time to get layering. It definitely took me a while to get into this whole layering business; partly because I am somehow always rendered incompetent to move important joints like my elbows, and partly because I’m so used to throwing on a crop top and shorts as per the tropical climate at home. This soft spot for crop tops has not faded and consequently, cropped sweaters come a close second in my book. This creamy knit pullover is a light layer and it caught my eye because of the dainty symmetrical cut outs. Small for both aesthetic and practical purposes (it gets windy in the UK). I’ve recently splurged (it was really a bargain though) at the market and got myself two oversized sheepskin coats, one in beige and the other in chocolate brown. They are so perfect for layering because they aren’t too tight plus they keep you so snug. I layered the cream pullover with the beige coat which was a bit incongruous with the gorgeous summery day we were having but screw it. Disclaimer note: my sunglasses are wonky. I don’t know how to fix them without breaking them. They also look especially wonky because my left ear is higher than my right #funfact

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Bonus pix of my other half and the one who keeps me going/sane through hard times. She’s rocking them topshop culottes and her “Kanye West” shoes. isn’t she beauts?

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I’m a sucker for anything soft and/or fluffy so I really don’t own enough mohair sweaters considering that I shop by touch (if it’s not soft I’m not buying it). This baby pink mohair sweater is part of the Candy Color collection – it comes in peach, grey, blue, white, beige, mint and lilac. I was on the fence about whether to get the baby pink, mint or lilac (three way fence?) – they’re all such yummy colours! The sweater has a round neckline which in my opinion is much more flattering than V-necks when it comes to sweaters. Another disclaimer: I look like I’m fiddling with my sleeves in most of the pictures but in reality I’m just touching it because it’s so soft.

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I’m hoping to expand my sweater collection in the near future but for now it’s back to writing essays about irony (is it ironic that I’m still not quite sure what irony actually signifies?) and fearing for my life while I cycle to uni in this horrid morning drizzle.

Beige Cutout Pullover Knitwear c/o Chicnova- US$29.00 

Candy Color Mohair Sweater c/o Chicnova – Originally US$17.00, reduced to US$12.75

sweater-(and umbrella)-weather-love,

Tiff x

Monday Move-in Madness

This post has been put off for way too long and being stuck in bed sick has given me time for a breather from the insanity that is uni life so I will attempt a quick all-inclusive summary of the past few weeks during which I’ve been slightly MIA. Brace yourself for lots and lots of pictures because I’m lazy but I promise that I will be much more on top of it for future posts.

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After suffering from major FOMO instigated by the various housewarming parties I couldn’t go to, it was finally my turn to move in. One of the joys of being a second year at Balliol is getting kicked out of our college accommodation. This means that I won’t have to spend every last day of term lugging 10 boxes into the dark depths of the international storage room (yayyy!). Whilst I’m definitely going to miss hall food and the proximity of hall (everything about hall basically), I must say that I’m quite excited for this new year in our new house (christened Isaac after Isaac Newton). It’s so nice being back in this beautiful old city in a beautiful new home – the high levels of stress during house hunting period paid off.

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The happy reunion was slightly tainted by the 9 am wake up call (which was meant to be a 7 am one but was delayed by various bus fuckups) I inflicted upon my house mates. Best pals Gems and Mons came to meet me in the pouring rain which was so nice of them (love you guys).

Hectic freshers week despite not being freshers anymore and equally hectic two weeks following it – lots of meetings (for uni, for football and for our house), nights out (two nights in a row is enough to tire me out – not a fresh fresher anymore), essays on topics I am clueless about, general chores which just take up so much time and energy.

These energy draining activities were counteracted with much more pleasurable, poetic ones ie. catching up sipping on a skinny capp with my fave gal Fats at our fave café, waking up next to my boy with the late morning sun shining through the blinds, tea and biscuits with the gals in our pristine kitchen, cooking up some gourmet meals (not really) in said pristine kitchen, 3 course meals plus cocktails on date night, fruit heaven at Gloucester Green fruit market, late night post bop pizzas, all-you-can-eat free coffee and cupcakes at Turl Street Kitchen, “sunday roast” dinner with the house famalam, first football match which we smashed (13-3 to Balliol), cutest corner bookstores, morning runs and strolls on sunny weekends, so all in all had a good first few weeks.

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My favourite part about moving in is turning the new space into my own – I never feel completely at ease until my room looks relatively lived in. Cue bunting, cacti, polaroids and other miscellaneous objects.

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Soooo on another note, I have an extremely bad habit of buying things that I don’t actually need, and this becomes even more apparent when I’m shopping in sunny Singapore leading up to my return to England. Somehow, I always manage to delude myself that the sheer kimono I’m about to buy will indeed keep me warm and snug during the winter months. I have therefore resorted to online shopping and have recently come across Chicnova. Obediently staying in the winter sections of jackets, sweaters and coats, I picked out two pieces from their best sellers – a beige knit pullover and a baby pink mohair sweater.

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I don’t know what it is about packages that make me so happy but, alongside seeing all my friends (who I’ve missed an insane amount), receiving my first package at my new address was near the top of my list of the ingredients for my moving in high. Thanks to Chicnova, I will be embracing the sweater weather instead of shivering in my summer wear.

Both of the pieces were on sale (love me a good bargain) but even without the reduction, they were both very affordable. Plus shipping is free globally (I’ve had nightmare experiences with shipping fees one too many times). Click here for more about Chicnova and a full blown post about the pieces will be coming up on my blog very very soon.

lots of oxford love (lool?), Tiff

OOTD: Sydney Styling

I feel that now that I’ve done Melbourne outfits, I need to follow that trend and do the Sydney ones before moving on to the actual travelling. Sooo here are more pictures of me pretending to be Australian and exposing my ankles (love me some rolled cuffs).

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Casual Catch-up

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So one of my besties goes to ANU in Canberra and I figured that I wouldn’t be able to see her since we were only visiting Melbourne, Sydney and Gold Coast (plus she never replied to my “I’m coming to Australia!!” message, rude). Thank god for instagram – she saw one of my posts of the Indian Ocean from a plane window (can never resist a good plane photo), put two and two together and proceeded to reprimand me, quite aggressively might I add, for not telling her that I was coming (though I 100% did). Anyways, spent a lovely day catching up at a goldfish obsessed cafe (they had about 3 books dedicated to goldfish), doing lots of outlet shopping and attempting to sightsee which ended up in her nearly breaking down, mainly due to google maps being a bitch and also to her complete lack of direction #besttourguide

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Beach Bright

As pretty much all my winter clothes are monochrome, I think I was experiencing pattern withdrawal and this all came out on beach day – where else would it be appropriate to wear my pineapple crop top (the correct answer should be everywhere but sadly that is not the case).

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(Baby) Blue Mountain

It was a tad chillier up in the mountains which meant I had to revert back to my subdued items of clothing. Baby blue denim jeggings in keeping with the colour scheme of the Blue Mountain and the beautiful blue sky.

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Also wearing the knitted cream cardigan that I bought just a few days before – I’m always so eager to wear my new clothes.

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over and out, Tiff

OOTD: Melbourne Outfitters

(Like Urban Oufitters getittt… I really should stop making up titles that I need to explain)

As I probably won’t get round to all the good stuff just yet (ie. food, places) and only have access to the photos on my phone which is a tiny fraction of the entirety of my photo collection (limited mainly to selfies, landscapes, selfies with landscapes), you’re going to have to make do with an outfit post.

Australians are so well dressed it’s kind of intimidating. They’re just so effortlessly stylish. And I don’t know what it is about holidays, maybe the Australian edginess is rubbing off on me (I’d like to think), but I always seem to put in an extra effort towards my outfits. It’s almost as if because I’m in a different place, I feel like I have the freedom to reinvent myself. Reinvent my wardrobe if anything. Anyways, here’s a little taste of my Melbourne experience through my clothes.

Mint Matching

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7 am coffee at Market Lane in Queen Victoria’s Market where lo and behold, I discover that the coffee cup is the same colour as my scarf. Thought to myself “well one of us is going to have to change” but then realised that it’s kind of like those matching couples – kind of cringey but cute nonetheless.

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I realise as I’m writing this that my scarf is not mint coloured. I think I got caught up in my quest for an alliterative sub-heading which made me temporarily colour blind. I am not going to change it now because “Turquoise Matching” just doesn’t have the same ring to it. Anyways, the pièce de resistance for today’s number was definitely my bright turquoise pashmina (and the matching turquoise paper cup of course). I got this scarf (and a few others) from Little India for a crazy bargain of $10 – but more on that purchase later in my Little India post. Paired it with a few basics: navy jeggings from Maple in Hong Kong, black suede jacket from Nathalie Chaize and my fave slip-ons that I practically live in now.

Holiday Hoodlumming

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One of the places I was adamant that we visited was Collingwood and I’m glad we did, I mean look at the street art. It was also a perfect setting for me to rock my neon orange $5 beanie from H&M.

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I usually do not wear hats mainly because I can’t pull the majority of them off and also because my hair is thick enough to keep my ears warm during the winter season aka hat season. But I’m willing to make an exception for this neon beanie because who doesn’t love a bit of neon in their life.

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White Picket Fence

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Sunday lived up to its name. I was so grateful for wearing white because sitting out in the sun at midday would not have been as fun in black. Good fashion choices = good life choices. Wearing a white long sleeve lace crop top from H&M, baby blue denim jeans from Maple.

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My very blue sunglasses are from Unity Eyewear (they’re AUS$30 online but $15 at the market), gold choker is from Little India (more about this gem in the Little India post I will write in the near future) and world map watch from Oxford vintage market (lovely present from my equally lovely friends).

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Despite the sun on this sunday, it was a bit more chilly at the beach so kept cosy with my white jumper from Bugis Street.

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stay fab, Tiff

OOTD: Cauliflower Chill

I really shouldn’t be allowed to take part in any sort of imaginative processes, exemplified by the fact that the title of this post sounds like one of the many recipes saved up in the clutter of my bookmarks that I’m never going to get around to making. In fact it’s just the result of my fruitless venture to come up with a cool, creative name for today’s outfit, inspired by our Cauliflower crust pizza making (which fortunately was much more successful than my title making) and my casual ensemble (for chilling, obviously). Let me also mention on a side note that there was nothing chill about the weather, nor was the process of the Cauliflower crust pizza making in any way chilled, but more about that in a later post. For now, all you get are pictures of me, aren’t you a lucky duck.

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spot my pet rhino
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“who do you think you are? Paris Hilton?”

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thank you to this one for being a great photographer though she is a bit of a loser at life

What I’m wearing:

TOP – Crop cami top from Editor’s MarketSHORTS – Curve denim shorts from Bugis Street (you can get similar ones online here or here), SHOES – Quilted platform slip ons from Argyle center, Hong Kong (get them online here), BAG – Small tubular structered top handle tote bag from Argyle center (similar ones online here, here, here and here), RINGS – Gold bands from Lovisa, NECKLACE – Moon necklace from H&M

Anyways, gonna miss this chick and I wish her all the best when she goes off to uni this friday/sunday (she still doesn’t know when she’s leaving wow). Look out for a post about the arduous task of cauliflower crust making as well as a guest post from Amni about something cool hyyyype.

peace out, Tiff