Packing For The Cold

Ok. So here is something I haven't done in a while:  packing for cold weather. I imagine it will be quite a shocker for us to land in Europe in mid February after several years tucked away in a tropical swirl. But I am determined to get this right and to be prepared. I'm actually looking forward to building one of those fabulous winter wardrobes that I admire so much in the fashion magazines. Even just the thought of being able to wear jeans again makes me insanely happy! Living in South East Asia has had my wardrobe locked in perpetual summer. And hey it's been great don't get me wrong, I love sundresses, sandals and peasant tops just as much as the next sun chaser. But after a whopping 10 years over here, its high time I had better do something about my life in flip flops.

Although I am a California girl through and through, I'm not entirely ignorant to the realities of winter weather. We lived in New York for 2 years and we lived in England for 3 years before that. Both places gave me a true experience with cooler climes and that should be a good start to my packing strategy. I was thrilled to receive my parcel from JCrew the other day. It was filled with new cozy warm items just in time to enter my suitcase. JCrew is one of my go to all around favourite shops and has been so since my college days. Just recently they have launched international shipping as well as opened a store in London. And I'm pretty stoked to finally have my JCrew covets within easy reach.

Of course my future winter wardrobe will take some time to build up but I have lots of inspiration on how it might look. And with Spring up next, I'm feeling pretty relaxed about the whole process. Here is my current wish list for Switzerland. I know for a fact that my staple outfit for the first month of chill will be skinny jeans, ankle boots, a hoodie and some kind of cool jacket or coat. What do you think? Which jacket do you like? Do you love a winter wardrobe too?

Cooler Climes | wishlist

Make Room

Hello Monday. I am very excited to share some of the photos I took for the Spring/Summer look book for MAKE ROOM home collection. MAKE ROOM is the stylish interior and homeware company by designer and Dutch native Barbara Fritschy. MAKE ROOM inspires cool home design from an eclectic showroom in town and their products are available at some of the top malls and boutiques here. Their style is hip with a current blend of vintage industrial and natural materials. We had so much fun on this shoot out on location in parts of old colonial Singapore. I love this vibrant knit inspired range, it's so colourful and fun. My favourites are the tea lights and baskets. Check out the catalogue and photos here.

Wood & White

Wood and White have always been our home palette. I have been mulling over wood for months now and I am really keen to shift the house around and change things up. It's been a long time sitting with our furniture and our rooms- it's high time for a change and an update. I find SO much inspiration in the many home decor magazines, blogs and pinterest that I go dizzy with heart ache. It would be a dream to refurbish our whole place from scratch. But that is a pipe dream and just not practical right now. Firstly, we are merely tenants renting this apartment and there is not a whole lot we can do to change the structure. Secondly, an overhaul in furniture would surely sink us with no ready access to quality mid range shopping or flea market finds. It is exciting news that Crate&Barrel have just opened their first ever store in Asia, right here in Singapore! It's really nice. Unfortunately the prices are pretty inflated from what you would expect back in the States. Sad!

Thankfully over the years we have invested in some mighty solid pieces of classic wood. Our teak bed frame is really cool but it's too dark and I'm so over that style. I want to par it back to it's original grain which is a much lighter and rustic look. In true DIY gusto, I had decided to do the job myself until I realised that our apartment space was not an ideal workshop with limited access to an outside area. So I asked around for the pros to take it away and sand her down. Bummer the quotes were too high. Now I am back to doing it myself, armed with an orbital sander and natural beeswax. I will let you know how it all goes but it might take me awhile to get the project underway. It's a pain in the arse- too hot, no proper workspace and not a lot of cheer from a culture that lacks the DIY spirit! Now is a time when I really miss those wacky DIY shows on tele back in the UK. ;)

Above scenes from around our apartment. I love my new prints from Bodie and Fou and Beauchamping, just need to find the perfect spot to hang them. My daughter and our cat Suki lounging on the teak bed in question.

Scenes From A Morning

swim by Tanya Moss

Scenes from a quiet January morning. We live on an island really- It's way hot. This morning was a little different with the most gorgeous wind that swept through our 5th floor apartment. A subtle reminder that January is still here. There is a pool and I have finally started to swim again- it is the best! There is a beach too but you must travel a bit to find the good ones. Still, the beach bag is always packed! Our next "for real" beach escape is in April. Until then, we dream up good stuff from this little flat and enjoy the many city-scapes on this tiny tropical island metropolis.

Links and stuff-

Currently reading Jane Austen's 'Pride And Prejudice' which was published 200 years ago this week! This is one of my fave classic novels and lately I have been able to read for thirty minutes each morning which is time well squeezed. Read some amusing Austen quotes here and when in England, visit Chawton House to imagine it all // Looking forward to rock out with 'Vampire Weekend' and the 'Yeah Yeah Yeahs' tomorrow night at Fort Canning Park//