Month: January 2015

The 365 Project: January

Late last year, I spotted a fabric-covered, pale pink notebook with gold engraving in a Kikki.K shop and decided I must have it. The idea that I would fill a page of this notebook every day for an entire year was instantaneous – I would write down some kind of thought or musing that was prompted by the day’s events, and then at the end of 2015, I would have an entire book filled with all the ways that I had learned or wondered or grieved or celebrated this year. I have always ‘kept’ a journal, but my ‘keeping’ has been sporadic to say the least. I never had the discipline to write “Dear Diary” every day, but I kept one in case I needed to unravel my mind. But for some reason, I suddenly had this very intense desire for this notebook, and a thrilling faith that yes, this was the journal I would ‘keep’, literally. Perhaps it’s because the book only demands – nay, the book limits myself to – one page a …

Rachel Green’s Wardrobe

If there is one TV show that has influenced my life more than any other, it would without a doubt be F.R.I.E.N.D.S. And if there was any one character in the show that influenced the way I dress the most, that would be Rachel Green and her wardrobe. Particularly in season 1 and 2, Rachel’s cool, clean and chic closet of clothes was what got me excited about denim, tartan and stripes. It took a whole lot of watching through episodes, pausing and print-screening (all exhausting feats of labour, clearly), but I’ve narrowed my girl-crush down to 4 iconic outfits. To quote Chandler, could she be any more on point? 1. The Birthday Skirt It was pretty impossible to forget this one: the birthday skirt Rachel bought herself at the end of season 1 in “The One Where Rachel Finds Out” (and that returns in season 2 – “The One With Ross’s New Girlfriend”, accessorised with an adorable bandaid) is one of my personal favourites. Also the most difficult one to capture in a screenshot since its …

A New Year

What is it about New Years that makes everything that little bit more magical? Maybe it’s because of the hype. Maybe it’s because of the fireworks. Or maybe it’s because, on New Years Eve, as the Earth completes it orbit around the sun and the year draws to a close, we are invited to experience our past, present and future vividly and simultaneously. The past – because at 11:59 you’re thinking about 2014. You’re thinking about the people you fell in love with, the ones you lost touch with, the things about yourself that you have discovered. By 12:01, you’re thinking about the tomorrow that begins when you wake up, the 2015 that promises new experiences, new dreams, new loves. But between that, as the clock strikes 12 and the colours are exploding above your head, you are thinking about the now. You are falling in love and in love with the now. That’s why I love New Years – because it doesn’t matter if you’ve had a crap year or not, everyone is in …