Zoe Karssen is ❤️

     
If I could pick a clothing brand that describes my style and personality…that would be Zoe Karssen. I have mad love for its tongue-in-cheek smart slogan tees that are also so so comfy to put on!

Here i styled it with a gradient hat by Lack of Color and Topshop’s ripped knee jeans, plus my highstreet buy of the season..the laced up Zara shoes! 

So that’s my obsession of the moment. I mean shoes..always.. But in particular, anything that is laced up. 

I’m looking forward to being in Europe again for two weeks. Stay tuned! Meanwhile, follow me on @justabitcliche on instagram, check out a few of my daily outfits and say hello! 💁🏻

Nat xx

Hello Malaysia!

 

  

Look – its the Petronas towers! Excited to be back in the good city of Kuala Lumpur. 😎

Today I’m wearing my favorite piece from Topshop this season – the sleeveless belted duster. 

Its essentially a great layering piece, and will easily get you through the seasons. Dress it up, dress it down, its your choice. Its so versatile! 

Miss Saigon

Last week, I was in Vietnam for five days, in Ho Chi Minh City (better known as Saigon) to be exact.
My first impression was wow – this place is authentically..european. French to be exact.
Nothing has changed since the last time I visited Saigon in 2012, and that sorta worked in my favor because during the previous trip I discovered the best crepe joint for dessert, and a great italian place! If its not obvious yet, I love food! ✌️

But that tune will change soon because I am going on a no-carb diet. I’ll be blogging about it at the end of every week, just to show you how I make it thru (or didnt make it, who knows, its up for debate!) 😂

But i’m positively excited about it! Are you on a special diet? Share with me!

For now..let me share some pictures I took I in Vietnam.
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That was at the Notredame cathedral and the bricks were vandalised with random names(albeit beautifully to me). Lots of history with this church! Loved the walls alot.

These ones below are taken along the main streets of Saigon! Truly the simple life, I do envy some aspects of it. Its definitely a booming country with lots of potential and its also super duper interesting because people who have a war history with this country want to come back here for some kind of closure. I heard that the average age is under 30! I mean, wow!

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2015/01/img_88331.jpgIf you’re looking to discover Asia, you really should consider this city. And after you’re done with it, hop on over to Singapore where we can have coffee 😜!

Jakarta, Indonesia

I spent the past week in Jakarta so I decided to write a blogpost on street fashion. I’ve been here a few times before and its good to be back. Plus, this city is pretty huge and so populated that theres always something interesting for a tourist to see!

The weather is similar to Singapore – humid, hot and if you’re unlucky the haze can get pretty bad a few times a year. I packed alot of basics and dresses that were thin.

Here are two outfits I wore in Jakarta. From Keepsake The Label and Dorothy Perkins.

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Coincidentally, Victoria Beckham was also in town to launch her accessories line with On Pedder at Plaza Indonesia! What can I say, I have never seen a lady so poised, fabulously gloomy (you know the kind that works), and well, so proper!
Check out her amazing collection at victoriabeckham.com. The capsule is very structured and to-the-point, fuss-free yet exceeding luxurious that I could sniff the buffalo leather just from looking at it from afar. My personal favourite is the Quincy bag. And if you pop by instagram, you’ll see a new addition which is the mirrored aviators by Victoria Beckham.

I came across this local designer in a mall and absolutely thought its just the perfect photo for this post! Its a twist on the pin-up dress with a very traditional Indonesian print called the Batik. I love how the designer combined old and new, east and west.

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Jakarta has some really talented designers and you can always sense the Indonesian roots in their designs like the batik print and other traditional arts. They are in love with their culture and its so refreshing to see. With its large Muslim population, Jakarta is a leading nation for modest fashion with style inspirations from celebrities, bloggers and local designers.

Jakarta’s everyday street fashion is mostly laid-back, but when you start appearing at store openings or fashion events, the fashion wolves come out dripping in designer labels. During my two week stay, it was not uncommon to spot the ever rare and luxurious limited edition Hermes Himalaya Birkin – which I believe starts from 70 000USD. The gap between the haves and have-nots is pretty massive in Jakarta, being a tourist and a girl from Singapore with everything so manicured and neat, being driven in a Jakarta cab through the slums and into a luxury mall really opens up your eyes about the disparity of living standards. Hence, it was pretty difficult to snap photos of personal style in the streets of Jakarta and while I have bumped into people with interesting outfits, they were pretty private and not big on being photographed!

However, I managed to make some new friends. While shopping in H&M for their Conscious line, I met two kind ladies (who were shopping during lunch!) didn’t mind to be photographed in their ‘office wear’!

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Corporate wear is much more relaxed, particularly due to the humidity. For the ladies who don the headscarf over here, they tend to go for the brighter colour palettes for their daily outfit. Somehow I think it always works because the hijab is sort of like the finishing touch to the whole outfit – you can seal up your whole look with the headscarf. It’s kind of like shoes – you choose it as the last step of getting ready, or you build an outfit around it!

If I could sum up Jakarta this picture of the ladies would be it. Indonesians are one of the kindest, and humble people I’ve ever met and 70% of the ladies dress like this. One thing is for sure, what they wear is a really big smile, and that’s just perfect.

Love,
Nat xx

Blue or Green?

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Its funny what you find when you finally get around to cleaning out your closet..like this gorgeous emerald greenish-blue piece from Halston Heritage – Complete with tags! We generally don’t naturally buy slinky dresses but the color on this one was a winner and with a label like Halston, you can never go wrong.

xoxo,

Nat & Suz

Fendi Peekaboo Bag
Hermes CDC cuff