Is it love?


“Someone tells me: this kind of love is not viable. But how can you evaluate viability? Why is the viable a Good Thing? Why is it better to last than to burn?”
― Roland Barthes, A Lover’s Discourse: Fragments


It seems I’ve been a bit caught up with the concept of ‘love’ lately–love of another person (be it platonic, romantic, or somewhere in between), love of self, love of a situation or environment, love for what I’m doing, career- or life-wise. This is in part thanks to the usual reflections that waver between the lines of hopeless romantic and unrelenting pragmatic, and also in part thanks to 3LAU’s new song, linked at the end of this post, which I’ve been semi-obsessed with. Also Roland Barthes’ A Lover’s Discourse: Fragments, which in some sense reaffirms my love for literary criticism and the written word in general.

About these photos–they were taken on a day trip with a friend to Lamma Island, one of the outlying islands around Hong Kong. I’ve always really liked the notion of wearing white dresses in summer, despite my nearly-all-black wardrobe. This particular one is from Hollister, in a very pretty eyelet pattern with a strappy back and slim-to-flared silhouette. I love it because it’s the kind of item that you can dress up or down depending on what you wear with it.

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TUESDAY TEN / Autumnal Outfits

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Image Credits, from left to right, top to bottom, via Tumblr
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So, I was curating @PeopleofKW on Twitter last week and on Monday, decided to blog everyday last week. Of course, you already know that it didn’t quite turn out that way, because midterms happened. Again. But rejoice, midterms are now over and I’ve got two blissful (sort of) weeks before all the assignments and projects start piling up before the end of term. Fourth year of university is seriously no joke.

Remember how I used to shoot my own outfits and all that in the efforts of being a personal style blogger? Those were fun. (If you’re interested in my #ootd’s, by the way, check out my Instagram. Selfies are included free of charge.) I’ve been interested in starting those up again, although the logistical issues are always the worst — camera, photographer, time. But in the meantime, I’m also seriously enjoying the wealth of outfit inspiration that is Tumblr.

Anyway, as long as I’m not further swamped with work this week, I’ll be seeing you soon in my next post!

xo, jess[i.e.]

1Piece/2Ways: Over-the-Knee Boots

A style post? Yay! This time, I’m featuring an autumn favourite: the over-the-knee boot. It’s a classic but can also be difficult to style sometimes because they can look slightly intimidating. They’re kind of sophisticated but can also add a certain ‘punch’ to an outfit. So here are two looks I’ve styled with said boots!

#1 Dress It Down

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Inspired by a real life outfit that I myself wore — here, I’m keeping it cozy with a knit cardigan over a fitted plaid shirt and skinny jeans. The shirt gives a great touch of colour — matching with fall-appropriate red lip as well — while the rest of the outfit is kept neutral. It’s a great casual outfit — and you can take my word for it because I’ve basically worn it before! 😉

Click to see the second look after the jump!

#2 Dress It Up

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A little more “chic”, what with the skort and the duster coat — I’m a huge fan of this silhouette, I only wish the weather here was more forgiving to bare legs. ;( I kept it pretty neutral with the beige and grey, but added a statement with the cobalt jacket and the bold berry lip.

If you have any pieces you’d like me to style next, let me know! 🙂 And have a great week!

xo, jess[i.e.]