Staying Sane and Stress Survival


We all go through stressful times in our lives. Usually, exams are a blast for me (‘study’ periods, time off school, waking up late and having to focus for only a few hours :’) ), however this time around, that hasn’t been the case. I can’t quite describe why, but I’ve been swaying back and forth across the border between “life is great” and “what’s the point in anything” for a while now. I guess it’s mix of everything, newly frequent dance classes, real exams that mean [very little but still] something, a quest to constantly be constructive and productive, and a very foggy, hormonal, not-yet-developed teenage brain.
I wouldn’t describe this situation as feeling like chaos, or a cliché whirlwind. Instead, it feels more like a wasteland. Like piles of faded-brown scraps and debris littered across a desert, as far as the eye can see; and your job is to pick up each piece of rusted metal, every last sundried magazine clipping. It feels like life is one big task that seems so impossible, filled with thousands and thousands of little things we must do… Yeah, the teenage heart ain’t fond of responsibility.

Despite it all (oh, this difficult first world teenage life we live), we push through; and here are somethings that have been keeping sane/happy/alive: Continue reading


World War

It’s amazing that after countless civil wars and even two world wars, the black and white photos of dirty men, homeless children and strewn bodies unrecognisable from other weapon debris that we associate with war can still be seen in living, breathing colour today.




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For some reason I brought my sketchbook and fineliners to church on Sunday, but not my house keys.
So, I spent service and the half hour I was locked out of my house (fortunately my ancient apartment complex has a restaurant- that sells coconuts!) inking up this thang.

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Summer Trends of 2014

Ahhhh the summer time. For most, that means vacations, beach time, and finally getting to take off layers of clothing.

In Singapore, where its 25-30° C on a regular basis during ‘winter’, summer means more humidity, more heat, and more hoes wearing even less clothing. #croppedcroptops

And more sweat.

which you can see in the video.

In all seriousness I hope you’re all having a fantastic summer (or winter, which I’m currently experiencing in New Zealand- my first winter in two years!) and you’re enjoying life in every aspect!

Much love,


Fire & Blood




If you’ve seen my December Favourites then you should know I’m a fan of Game of Thrones. What you don’t know is that I’m actually a superdupermegahardcoreobsessive fan of Game of Thrones.

After having devoured half of the book, A Game of Thrones, in four days (which is a pretty big deal considering the novel is five years long and the font size was chosen for ants), watched the two released episodes of season four (twice each)- which were *perfection*- and changed all my backgrounds to GoT-related images *deep gasp for air*, I was inspired to draw a little something up.

It’s a take on the sigil of the house that if you don’t support, I almost don’t trust you. Here’s a sneak peek!


Sorry it’s a crappy photo, but that adds to the mystery 😉 [sure yeah lets go with that]

The full piece will be posted when it’s completed ☻ In the meantime, if you don’t follow GoT, make sure you check it out! It has fantasy, action and, uh, other elements and is beautifully acted and written.



Much love & valar morghulis bitches!


Geometric-ish Nails

I was bored and decided to paint my nails.

while watching The Dark Knight Rises.

just thought I’d add that in there.


to do dis I started with a basecoat then applied two coats of Urban Outfitter’s Smush
to add a ‘lil texture, I lightly sponged on some white polish, then gold polish using a bit off of a make up sponge and tweezers
I finished off with some black polish, a little nail art brush and some patience
(+ a topcoat to seal everything in!)

I hope you’re all well and enjoying the summer/winter/non-existent season (#equatorproblems)

Much love,

The 5.

Hay thur errybahdy.

Today I’m coming to you with a brand new series! The 5 is a collection of 5 tips relating to art, fashion, lifestyle, beauty, apartment deco + more, all in one video. And five separate blog posts!

So here’s the video!

I’ve been planning this video in my head for the whole week, so I was thrilled to film everything today. Editing was fairly simple- and done while eating pizza and watching the All Blacks v Wallabies game :3

Instant Detangler| Quirky Vases | The Smudgeless Face | Multicoloured ButterfliesBetter Sleeping

Much love,

Smudgeless Make Up


Okay. I have complained about the weather in Singapore a gazillion times.

and I’m goin’ do it again.

For the first half of this year I’ve been coming home to see that my make up has melted off my face. I’ve been experimenting by switching out products but nothing has kept my skin calm and make up on.

Until I read this post by TheBeautyDepartment. I absolutely depend on TBD for easy, professional beauty tips, and this one has pretty much saved my life.


Set your powder, pressed or loose (I use pressed), with a flat foundation brush. This keeps my mascara from dripping, eyeliner from smudging and face from dropping off. (25+ degrees on a daily basis!)

Next: Multicoloured Butterflies

Seeing Double

While discussing what to do in art class with a friend, we couldn’t help but want to incorporate double exposure photography into our final pieces. But alas, we had signed up for Art Design, not Art Photography [and the darn school board wouldn’t let us choose both] so we struggled to see how we could mimic the hazy, tumblr-like layers of double exposure photography on a canvas.

Charles Bergquist Double Vision

Then Honestly WTF (a life saver when searching for inspiration) posted the link to this:

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Spanish illustrator [and all round artist] Oriol Angrill Jordà perfectly blends graphite, coloured pencils and watercolours to captivate the breathtaking blurry-vivid essence that seeps through double exposure photography in his new series, Blendscapes.

While there’ll be no duplicating these gorgeous pieces in art class, I’d love to learn how Jordà creates all these colourful lines and splotches with such a wide variety of medium.

Seen any cool art? Send me the link!

Much love,

PS- Stay tuned for this weekend’s video! (And don’t forget to check out last week’s one 😉 )


First piece by Charles Bergquist (via his flickr portfolio), all other pieces by Oriol Angrill Jordà (via tumblr and Trendland)

‘Bright Eyed’ (Painting)

A pack of colourful craft feathers in the back of my cupboard and some feathery falsies inspired today’s creation.

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I used acryllic paint on a flat canvas board and a hot glue gun to stick down the ‘lashes’. Using a flat canvas unintentionally emphasises the 3D lashes, an effect I think will really help the painting standout on my wall (not that a purple eye with colourful feathers for lashes needs any help standing out…)

Much love,