Monday, June 30, 2014

MAKE DO

Here's an outfit post comeback with a sad twist: my camera decided to pixelize all images due to problems i'm still not clear on, so I tried to revive the images by editing them as though they came from a film camera - hence the title. The unfortunate justification behind me not posting regular outfit posts is that, like many human beings out there, i've been in a (style) slump. With an internship coming my way i've also come to a brutal slap-in-the-face realization that 90% of the summer pieces I own are t-shirts and casual wear (as much as i'd like to lounge in baggy clothes 24/7, it is unfortunately unacceptable in a workplace environment), so i've also been on the hunt for blouses and semi-formal attire to change things up. This outfit that I pulled together after a much-needed Topshop trip is leaning more towards the mature side, but it also comes with a retro vibe, like something my mother would've worn in her 20s if she was hip in her time. Although retro themes and outfits are nothing new with high street brands like Topshop and American Apaprel that constantly contribute and offer retro-styled pieces like cropped tops, high-waisted jeans, and "mom jeans", it's still refreshing to see people rocking the 70s-90s look with their own modern twist.

I'll be posting more outfit posts as I gradually snap out of my "slump", and I hope you'll like what I have for now!

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(Top from Topshop, Jeans from Topshop, Heels from ASOS)
xx
Pearl

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

ART APPRECIATION: ART BASEL'14

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It's currently summer and i'm trying to get back on the ball with posting, and so here is the long overdue post of my experience during the Art Basel 2014 show in HK:

Walking into the show for the first time was overwhelming, to say the least, with pieces in all sizes and shapes making use of every corner and space, all asking for attention. Apart from the size and number of the pieces, the details that revealed just how much work and dedication was put into each and every one of them also took me aback (i.e. the artist who hung calendars across one wall described the major events that happened every month of 20+years through his drawings). Dedication and quality aside, it was also interesting to hear amidst conversations I picked up on walking into the show from the crowd, about how some pieces of art were viewed as less qualified than others, and how "anything can be called art these days". These conversations were intriguing but also biased, and made me wonder what qualifies art - is it the skill, the aesthetics, the meaning, or the overall feeling/quality? Maybe anything can be art if one values it enough to call it that, because a large colored dot on a canvas appeals to me in its simplicity and tranquility, but can simply be labeled as trivial by another individual. And to a budding artist (or so I call myself) like me, it is fascinating to see in the flesh, art pieces that defy what I have been exposed to thus far - art that is unconventional and moves away from just prints on the canvas. 

Following this gratifying experience, I hope to attend a show of this scale again and to be inspired just by observing art and the crowd around it. I hope you enjoyed the snippets I took from the show, and feel the motivation to attend art shows like this to open yourself up to all the different forms of art.

Until next time,
Pearl.