An Exercise In Trivial Pursuits

Fatshion, Food & Frivolities – Life in Las Vegas & Singapore


2 Comments

Fat-shionista #537

IMG_5647I’m looking at these pictures and I think about how I’ll be turning 36 in exactly 2 months to the day. When I was a teenager, I thought that 30-somethings had to have permed hair and wear blue eyeshadow AND red lipstick. My life is nowhere near what I imagined it would be. 36, jobless and childless. But it’s not a bad life at all. I’m thankful for all that I have and all that I’ve become. I just never thought I’d be wearing a bold pineapple print skirt at my age. What did I know?!

I love my Pineapple skirt. I love food-themed clothes and accessories. I love food. PERIOD.

What I’m wearing today:

Top: Purple striped tank top from NEW LOOK

Outerwear: Mustard yellow sheer jacket from a nonameshop in Far East Plaza

Accessories: Colourful shards necklace from LOUCHE ACCESSORIES (JOY store in London)

Bag: Black & white patent leather dog cross body bag from EASYTRADE2099 on eBay

Bottom: Pineapple print pencil skirt from H&M DIVIDED

Footwear: Dark Purple sueded platform wedge pumps with bow from HAILEY JEANS CO (on AMAZON)

IMG_5648


1 Comment

Fat-shionista #534

IMG_5653This has been my default “travel tote”. I just dump everything I need when I’m out of state/country. Everything from my wallet and phone, to wet wipes and facial tissue, a spare cardigan or a bottle of water! I love that it’s so summery! Do you like carrying large bags?

What I’m wearing today:

Dress: Charcoal grey cotton jersey JULIA dress from Patricia Valery on etsy.com

Accessories: Set of 4 bangles from PRIMARKLilac acrylic statement necklace from TALISMAN’S (at Far East Plaza)

Bag: Pink and Beige large canvas tote from KATE SPADE

Footwear: Sparkly purple patent leather ballet flats from STEVE MADDEN

These shoes are quite bad for walking too long in. They’re sparkly and pretty BUT it’s constructed with a very stiff manmade material that give me blisters – maybe because my feet are too wide. My little toes on the ends will develop bunions if I wear them for extended periods. I do love them so much and carried them from Singapore to Las Vegas because they are pretty! LOL! Got them from Zalora for a steal!

IMG_5654


4 Comments

Fat-shionista #527

IMG_5426This post features a bag I love but don’t have many occasions to carry because it’s too small for my regular wallet. And doesn’t go with most of my things. I usually carry it when nothing matches and I just want to clash all kinds of colours or prints in one outfit. BUT more importantly this outfit features my spanking brand new SUPERGA sneakers that I bought for the princely *snigger* sum of USD8.99!! ROSS did it again! I checked and they usually retail for USD50 upwards! Big pats on my back!!

What I’m wearing today:

Top: Black OPPOSITION PARTY band t-shirt

Bottom: Red KEITH HARING mini skirt from FOREVER21

Accessories: Pepperoni Pizza Brooch from TWINKIE CHAN on etsy.com; Set of 7 black & bronze bangles from NEW LOOK

Bag: Green polka dotted GARDEN PARTY kiss-clasp purse from DEJA VU VINTAGE

Footwear: Turquoise classic sneakers from SUPERGA

IMG_5427I just wanted to put it out there for posterity that the other day when I was putting hearts on all the lovely things I liked (but not buying) on ModCloth, my husband gave me a hug and said with a sad face “It’s okay honey, soon we’ll have money for you to buy all the things you want”. How sweet is that? Honestly, even if we had a $500,000 bank balance, I don’t think I’ll be spending $300 on shoes. It’s fun looking at nice things though…


3 Comments

Fat-shionista #523

This morning T and I brought Max to the vet for a check-up to see if he is still cancer-free. He was a really happy dog the entire time until the swing doors opened and he remembered that we had to leave him there with the technician. There was a bit of a struggle but we managed. Poor doggie was so happy to see us when we picked him up!

And this was what I wore…

IMG_5284

What I’m wearing today:

Top: Red & Cream candy-striped peplum top from OLD NAVY

Bottom: Bright blue jeans from DELIAS

Accessories: Blue chinese knot necklace from FONDA (at Far East Plaza); Rocket Popsicle Brooch and Hair Clip combo from Twinkie Chan on etsy

Footwear: Black strappy peeptoe heels from KIMCHI BLUE (Urban Outfitters)

IMG_5279


2 Comments

Fat-shionista #520

IMG_4927

I got this months ago but never got around to photographing myself wearing it. My dear dear friend Ryddy sent me a huge care package from Singapore with this dress he bought in the UK. It was my colour and kitschy and everything all at once – which made it difficult for me to style it. I didn’t want to be a 36-year old schoolgirl-wannabe and I definitely needed to be comfortable in it. So this is what went down…

IMG_4928

What I’m wearing today:

Dress: Neon Pink and White striped dungaree dress from TOPSHOP

Top: Black sleeveless MARVIN THE MARTIAN cropped top from FOREVER21

Accessories: Black & grey mirrored acrylic necklace from THE BLACKGROUND (at Far East Plaza)

Footwear: Black BALI sandals from BIRKENSTOCK

I think I might wear this with my Timberland hiking boots for a different look next time. What do you think?


8 Comments

Fat-shionista #519

IMG_4923

I’m doing my happy jig here because we just came back from the doctor and I don’t have to go back for another 3 months. My diabetes is in check and my blood glucose is in a safe, controlled range!

IMG_4924

What I’m wearing today:

Dress: Grey and Blue striped 3/4 sleeve dress from OLD NAVY

Accessories: Neon Green string earrings from FOREVER21; Pink/Polka dotted knot necklace from AMI THE VINTAGIST

Footwear: Brown suede wedges from FOREVER21


Leave a comment

Fat-shionista #516

IMG_4640

This is what I wore yesterday when I had to get some lab work done at the doctor’s office (i.e. blood work for my diabetes). It’s not quite summer yet but there are some days where it’s so hot here, it might as well be Summer – I’m talking about 40degC days… Can die lah! So while I do slap on the sunscreen – especially on my face, even when I’m just home ALL DAY, I cannot layer up anymore. I bare arms and legs to the unforgiving desert sun in Nevada.

What I wore yesterday:

Top: Rainbow mosaic tank top from H&M

Bottoms: Light blue cuffed denim shorts from OLD NAVY

Accessories: Red beads and cowry shell necklace from herphotoblog by Seraphina & Co; Fuchsia bangle from Sonia Rykiel pour H&M; Brown cat-eye shades from RAY BAN; Black pleather weave belt from thestreetsofbangkok

Footwear: Taupe sueded ballet flats from OLD NAVY

IMG_4639

As you can tell from the most recent outfit posts, I haven’t really plonked down any moolah for new stuff lately. Partly because I’m always home and I haven’t got anywhere to wear these nice, new things to (YET); and because I’ve got so many clothes that I haven’t had the chance really maximise what I already own (I did give 2 bags away to the nearby Goodwill).

But style is style, it doesn’t require NEW and TRENDY things ALL THE TIME. When I was a school teacher, I was so obese and broke (and clueless) that I had maybe all of 4 outfits that I rotated in and out all year long. It was as if I was also required to wear a uniform like the students. And I know a number of my ex-students read this blog – AREN’T YOU GLAD THOSE DAYS ARE OVER? You don’t have to see me wearing clunky Doc Marts with black trousers and untucked long-sleeved collared shirts anymore!


2 Comments

Fat-shionista #515

20140521-105917-39557425.jpg

I am going to stop calling myself Plus-Sized here because I feel more of an in-betweenie in the US. In Singapore and the UK, I’m clearly considered PLUS because I’m usually at least a UK16. I go into the local Plus Sized shops here in the US and everything too long and too big. I’m not deluding myself because I’m still fat – I’m definitely not slim or fit. I’m a little chunkier than chubby but maybe just average here (I seem to fit well into a US12). It doesn’t change my style. I still wear whatever I want, regardless of what the labels tell me.

What I’m wearing today:

Top: Black/White polka dot top from UNIQLO x Lulu Guinness

Bottom: Black custom tea length tulle skirt from MTcoffinzUnderground on etsy.com

Accessories: Ducks charm bracelet from WOODWOOD; Black flower barrette from Forever21; Black stretchy belt from BCBGMaxAzria

Footwear: Red lacquered platforms from ZARA (Spring 2013)

20140521-110049-39649107.jpg


12 Comments

Fat-shionista #508

20131104-113348.jpg

Here’s a what I wore on my wedding day post. Not what I wore today, of course. This is a post long time coming. Firstly, I haven’t done an outfit post in a while, and secondly, I’ve been married for about 2 weeks.

So I didn’t wear a white wedding gown… I don’t like white, anyway. White is so difficult to move around in because you’re always afraid of getting stains here and there. Also, we did go to a Mexican restaurant after the wedding ceremony! If you know me, I was never going to be one of those brides all spanx-ed up and corsetted to look 5kgs slimmer. I don’t even get why brides order such delicious foods at their weddings but are unable to eat them. It’s my wedding and I’ll not only look the way I want, I will feel great and be deliriously happy. I WILL EAT, DRINK AND BE MARRIED!20131104-113748.jpgAnd seriously, nobody expects that someone who ran away to the US to marry an ang mo she met online, in Vegas, would have a traditional wedding to begin with, right? Those fluffy white gowns are difficult to manouver in! No trains, bustiers and weird bits that require another person to fasten or fuss about, not for this bride.

T and I didn’t have or need the luxury of an entire year (which seems like the norm) to plan our wedding. We decided we wanted to be together and we wanted to be married so that we could legally live together. And that’s that. It was definitely an occasion to celebrate. So eat some cake in our honour if you wish, make it red velvet. I’m just glad my mother didn’t kick up a big dramatic fuss with this (then again, she has another opportunity coming up to put together the wedding she wants and we did tell her we’d wear whatever she wants us to).20131104-113541.jpgSo anyway, I went for a tried and tested look within my budget, and this is what I wore for my wedding in Vegas:

Dress: Blue floral “Vintage Elizabeth” tea dress from SOHOMODE (not custom, I bought one that I liked that was on sale and got it altered to fit)

Accessories: Faux Pearls and Bright Gold Tone Vintage flowers & leaves necklace from SWHALLON JEWELRY DESIGNS on etsy; Mint floral crown with russian veil from DRESS.DANCE.SING.LOVE.LIVE. Store on etsy

Bottom: Peach Meringue petticoat from DOMINO DOLLHOUSE

Footwear: Burgundy sueded platform wedge pumps with bow from HAILEY JEANS CO (on AMAZON)

I also wore 2 bracelets – one was a bronze vintage looking gift from T’s stepmom and another was a pearl bracelet which T’s Aunt loaned me as my “something borrowed”.

I did my own hair and make-up. I think a little enhancement is necessary but I find women who look drastically different in their wedding pictures, kinda disturbing. I like how I look when I am all put together on an average day and so does T. That’s all that matters, you know? What T sees, is what he gets. It’s all real, hunny! No fake eyelashes either!

What do you think? I reckon I did pretty well for a fat bride at 35 on a budget.

20131104-113706.jpg

And special thanks to my Father-in-law for taking these photos!


2 Comments

Fat-shionista #500

Hey after 500 outfits posts I’m still here and guess what? I’m still fat! I do feel somewhat fitter and healthier these days though. Since I’ve started the blog, I’ve been more conscious about staying upbeat and happy – frivolity is so underrated these days. These random outfit posts have served as an outlet to express… uhm I have no idea what but it makes me so lah dee dah happy just doing it. Also, the Not Your Average Women shoots I do on my little iPhone at the interviewee’s homes are still inspiring me. I’ve quit smoking, drinking and am a vegetarian (in general… I wouldn’t reject a broth made with meat if you slaved over it and served it to me at your home or pick out bits of bacon out of a salad lovingly made just for me. I just won’t consume flesh when I have a choice.) AND… here’s the thing… I turn 35 in exactly 1 month! Yup so this is 35. Take a look, feel free to gawk.

When I was growing up, 35 meant tight short curly hair, bright red lipstick, 3 kids, a husband, 2 family cars, a mountain of bills, and no social life. Guess I kinda-sorta hit some of those “targets”. *koffkoff* Life has been kind. I’ve been blessed with so many trustworthy close friends that if in a pinch and I need to delete a porn stash (if any… no really there aren’t and this is where it gets boring right?), I can count on them not to judge me. Also I have my family (and the would-be new family stateside). My career has been exciting and I’ve loved my work as well as enjoyed the company of my colleagues. In fact, I look forward to socialising at work everyday. Best of all, I’ve never had a boss or superior I didn’t like. I feel like I’ve been riding on a high, especially with my current job.

Yes life has been good and it’s getting better, especially with T. But if you wish to help make my life more beautiful, please head over to my Amazon Wishlist and buy me something for my birthday (or save the link for Christmas, maybe?). You have a month to save up and plan (I do tweak it every so often so don’t buy just yet.) I thank you from the bottom of my heart in advance. Much love. Heh.

Anyhooos… here’s the outfit I’m wearing to commemorate my 500th post (actually it’s what I wore to work today. HEH):

Top: Black/White polka dot top from UNIQLO x Lulu Guinness

Bottom: Black custom tea length tulle skirt from MTcoffinzUnderground on etsy.com

Accessories: Black straw weave belt with gold shell buckle from FRENCH CONNECTION; Handmade paper heart “Once Upon A Time” brooch from Lost In The Forest on etsy

Footwear: Black ASHIKA SCOOPED BALLET flats from ROCKPORT

20130813-093359.jpg

20130813-093405.jpg