Who hasn’t dreamed of that scene from Sex and the City, when Carrie lands in Paris and steps out of the car looking incredibly chic and in place. Or how the cast of four arrives in Abu Dhabi looking as though they just stepped out of Vogue while still maintaining sufficient respect to the customs of the country.
Now for the rest of us normal people who don’t have cases of Louis Vuitton trunks, or a rich Russian to pay for excess baggage to boot, the travel world can sometimes seem a little daunting. How do you make sure you get everything that makes you the fabulous you into a small carry-on bag with a 7kg limit! Your shoes alone would take up half of that. What do you pack on a 3 month long backpacking trip across South America? Or how do you make sure you fit in with the clothing requirements of Muslim countries? Of the tropics? Of the chic European South.
I have loved travelling for as long as I can remember. I was born and raised in Malaysia, and have lived in Mumbai, Chicago, Amsterdam, Paris and now Singapore. I’ve been blessed to be in jobs that required a lot of travelling, and so have taken the opportunities to visit, breathe and live (albeit short stints) in more than 40 countries so far.
My wardrobe has constantly been reinvented by my travels. Vintage finds from small streets in Amsterdam, colourful patterns from India, the cool breezy dresses from Thailand. My travels itself saved by the fact that for the most part I blend in well (I think) with the locals, if not at the very least, looking as close to them as is needed whilst still retaining my own personality.
These are my loves, my stories, my travels and my wardrobe. Enjoy.
(Chasing the Northern Lights – Norway 2012)