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Summer is tapering off in most parts of the world, although it is going to stay Summery here in Singapore until November! I have really enjoyed this year’s Summer fashion season as much as I do love Fall. So allow me to indulge further in this season’s personal picks for a while more.

As much as I adore vivid colours and prints, there is an air of elegance in the understated style of a simple white dress.

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The Little White Dress is a staple in my wardrobe because it is perfect for Singapore’s perennial summer. It can be fun and flirty or it can be minimalist chic like this beauty I have on here. I was on the hunt for a LWD that would easily transition from workwear to a night about town and this dress works very well with a day or evening look.

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Admittedly, I am a lot more accustomed to the LBD than I am with the LWD. Infusing some white into the wardrobe has been a refreshing change.

Minimalism does not equate to boring. It simply celebrates simple, clean structured clothing. Which is why I added pops of colour with my pink heels and that statement necklace.

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The dress comes with the belt and it is detachable, which comes in handy if or when you’d like to improvise. The neckline is rather deep, even at the back, which I find adds a flirty vibe to this otherwise classy number.

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I took some hair inspiration from fellow AP contributor Luanne of Weesha’s World, I am a dud with hairstyles!

Would you consider the LWD more of a Summer staple or would you wear in cooler climates as well?

Hope you’ve enjoyed this post, until next time!

xxxo Aarti Olivia

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Having struggled with ‘weighty’ issues most of my life, I made the decision to stop hating my body and to embrace it when I turned 30. Curves Become Her is where I talk about plus size fashion, being body positive, encourage female empowerment, and share personal anecdotes. 

I am a first generation Singaporean with Indian origins. My academic background is in psychology and psychotherapy. I consider myself a writer, feminist, and activist aside from being a plus size blogger.

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The 90s Called, They Want Their Lipstick Back

By Kristine Rose, AP Contributor

I’m going to be straight with you: I’ve watched about 19 hours of Buffy the Vampire Slayer in the past two weeks. I’m not going to annotate that with some kind of manufactured regret that I don’t actually feel, it was a good use of time. I stand by that use of time. I could have, and probably would have been doing far worse things with that time OK?


I am happy to report that the show completely holds up to the test of time. While it really came into its own in the last few seasons with profound dialogue, tight character arcs, and the perfect mix of irreverence and existentialism, one thing really stood out in the first few: brown lipstick. In one form or another, the brown lip made an appearance on all. From stuck up Cordelia to dorky but lovable Willow, everyone rocked the brown lip trend. This not only made me nostalgic but reminded me how wearable brown lipstick can actually be.

Here are a few of my favorites:


Nars Bansar: This matte brown with a hint of peach is the quintessential 90s lip. It could read neutral or edgy depending on the outfit. The texture is velvety without drying your lips out, so it never settles in the creases.


NYC Cashmere: If you’re looking for an edgier and more metallic brown, this is for you. It’s opaque, but applies evenly. A truly unique grey brown. It is also only $1.

Revlon Coy: Somewhere between a red and a brown, this shade starts off sheer but becomes more intense with a few coats. One of the more wearable and flattering browns, it would compliment most skin tones.

Revlon Ingenue: If you’re looking for a peachy nude with a hint of brown, try this. One of the sheerest and most glossy versions.

MAC Explicit: This one is a gloss that’s brown, silver, and gold. Layer it over any lipstick to get a more muted brown tone.


NYX Vamp: Super gothed out metallic bronze brown. If you’re looking for a statement, try this dark color. I’m not thrilled with the texture which is a bit dry, but the color is completely worth it. Try a lip primer underneath so it wears off evenly.

All you have to add is blue eyeshadow, crimped hair, and razor thin eyebrows and you’re ready to star in your very own WB show.

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Gracey Wears: Black and Caramel

Although I’m a big fan of pairing black with brown, I know it’s not for everyone; it can seem counter-intuitive to pair neutrals.  But, I’d like to make the argument that caramel is more of a color and less of a neutral and therefore is perfectly okay to wear with black:

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And in a fun print like this one, it’s more than okay, it’s great:

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If you’re looking to try mixing black and brown, a print is a great way to go.  And I also recommend looking past the brown found in the smallest pack of Crayola crayons. Instead, look to the 64-pack for inspiration in the way of burnt sienna, raw sienna and fuzzy wuzzy (a real color).  Oh, and caramel, of course:

ashion for giants in black midi skirt, caramel floral print tank & black sandals

What about you, Dear Readers?  What are your feelings on wearing black with brown?

Thanks for reading!

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LOFT Sleeveless Linen Tee

Thrifted skirt (similar)

Isola “Lisinda” sandals

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