Maximalist Versus Minimalist

December 10, 2014

Or finding middle ground. 

A few days ago, PoPXO invited me to do my very own take on the #ArtOfDressing with Deepika Padukone’s Limited Edition collection for Van Heusen. 

The Deepika Padukone for Van Heusen collection seems to have gotten easy-going bombshell dressing down to a science. For its clean, minimal lines and tailored cuts, sexy never takes a backseat! As the holiday (read partttayyy) season approaches, I’m not too keen on the idea of slipping into another highly-embellished party dress. I’d happily swap out scantily-clad (and freezing) for a peek-a-boo look – it is surprisingly chic come nightfall!

The secret to any great outfit is starting with a statement piece, and then building an outfit around it. For me, it was this gorgeous sequinned gold top that hugs your every curve like it was your long-lost lover. And with all that drama in the middle, I picked simple pieces to help the gold find its ground. There are certain peek-a-boo locations that are more flattering and appropriate than others. This skirt, for example, is a comfortable way to introduce cut-outs into your wardrobe. It has has an incredibly cool yet sophisticated hemline and bares just a snapshot of legginess.

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October 19, 2014

Does my sexiness upset you?
Does it come as a surprise
That I dance like I’ve got diamonds
At the meeting of my thighs? 

Woke up on Monday channelling a psycho bitch. The drive of Rocky at gym and grabbing work by the balls, I run on nothing but fresh-pressed juices all day. Razor sharp stilettos and a moto-jacket speak my mood and I swear, I swear like a truck driver.

Woke up on Tuesday feeling a bit insecure, a bit vulnerable, a bit raw around the edges. A break for pimple-popping, I try to convince myself I’m not beautiful. A linen maxi swathes and soothes as I let my skin and soul breathe out the toxins.

Woke up on Wednesday in love with the world. Making friends at the morning coffee run, planning grand adventures with old ones. I dance to move as each moment flows effortlessly into the next. There is magic and mystery around every corner. I play with the dreamcatcher around my neck.

Woke up on Thursday as a quiet observer. Curious and bespectacled, hours are logged alone at cafes and gardens. This place, its people and its dresses, its the most beautiful live theatre production. I adore the … Read More »

In Love With Lenovo’s Yoga Tablet 2

October 18, 2014

Attention Lovers of Stylish Tech!

In a mission to rescue avid (addicted?) bloggers from carpal tunnel and other related repetitive strain injuries, Lenovo (proudly) presents a gorgeous piece of covetable gadgetry – a tablet to stand out amongst a sea of tablets – an anti-gadget gadget, if you will – The Yoga Tablet 2.

One of the best parts of my job here at Republic of Chic, besides the obvious ‘soaked in style’ lifestyle, is that I get to test-drive a lot of cool stuff. The Yoga Tablet 2 is something I’ve been testing and loving. I mean, I want to take it everywhere with me! Let me count the reasons why.

In true-blue fashion-blogger style, lets start with the fantastic cameras, front and back, that let you get in on all that selfie action but, with pro-perfection. It gives me a reason to ditch my bulky camera, especially since I can shoot, edit and share photos and videos across my social media, in real time.

It is absurdly thin and light! It slips into my clutch and remains unnoticed until I whip it out at Starbucks and settle into the whole hipster I’m-feeling-too-creative-to-work-from-an-office scene.

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