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fine tuning summer…part 2

Original Photo by Martha Holmes for Life Magazine, August 16, 1948.

Summer is getting real now.  The heat is rising (except for our friends in Australia, South Africa and some nights here in Phnom Penh) and it’s time for some more music to party through it all!

As part of my Summer Music Series, I thought I’d shoot one out with a weekend block party in mind!  And a little something for everyone too, I hope! Some fancy pantsy dancey tunes from Diplo and Icona Pop to start it out with, and and then some nice ones to wind down the hot night with, à la fresh off the presses Frank Ocean, The Dream and our friends at The Hood Internet.  This one’s perfect for a pre-party, the ride to shindig or anytime you might feel like getting your dance on.  I definitely couldn’t help but start partying while working on this mix in the AM.

Stream here (or below) and download here! And have a fabulous weekend!


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It is no secret that I am a huge fan of Hokusai’s wood-block print, The Great Wave off Kanagawa and anything related to its shape.  It’s my desktop wallpaper.  I have a short sleeved tuxedo jacket that my fabulous tailor, Monika, made for me a couple of years ago using a print based on the woodcut.  I’m still contemplating and trying to perfect a tattoo based on the woodcut for my upper back.  And now – with the end of my (ridiculously challenging) consultancy and getting back into this blogging business after some time away – it’s time to take on the big wave again.  This time, it’s all about a boyfriend blazer and shorts combo!

This pattern had me at hello.  Psar Tuol Tom Pong is such a treasure trove! I instantly knew it was going to be a jacket, and later on, matching shorts!  I cannot wait to see how it all turns out!

Jacket / Shorts

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yet again, aaron sorkin wins over my heart and brain…

Photo by Annie Liebovitz for Vanity Fair.

One of the most attractive qualities of an Aaron Sorkin television drama, beyond its superfast script and quick-engaging storyline, is how it describes the dynamics of a team, how they are lead, working towards achieving a singular goal.  He creates these microcosms about singular workplaces that make you want to be part of the team. Whether or not it is the delivery of sports news, the Presidency of the United States of America, the production of a live televised sketch comedy show or, in this case, the newsroom of a cable news network, Sorkin has always left me, and perhaps much of his audience, that the good and the passionate win out.  Change that you can believe in, one can say?

And so, having just nearly finished one of the toughest consultancies in my ridiculously nascent career (like just literally out of the birth canal), I found myself eagerly awaiting the premiere of Aaron Sorkin’s new television drama, The Newsroom.  This new 1-hour HBO drama series focuses on the behind-the-scenes action of a cable newsroom, and the re-awakening of its star anchor, following his very public breakdown.  There is emotional baggage, intense political debate and philosophizing about the state of the American newsmedia. But more importantly, there is Sorkin’s trademark whip-smart dialogue; moving at the speed of a gazelle.  Watching the back-and-forth between journalistic and emotionally entrenched leads is just exhilarating.  The pace of a Sorkin television drama never slows down.  And there is a stellar cast, from old faves like Law & Order’s Sam Waterston, to young new things like Allison Pill and Dev Patel, with equally powerful Jeff Daniels and Emily Mortimer as the show’s leads.

For me, an Aaron Sorkin drama, like The Newsroom, always leaves me thinking about how beautiful and theatrical work can be, whatever it is; despite its daily misgivings, hair-pulling meetings and thoughts about sending in that letter of resignation.  And reflecting on the various mistakes made, hurdles jumped and clashes of spirits made over this past quarter – I can definitely say that each one of us probably works in an environment that Aaron Sorkin could one day write about, and turn it into an engaging piece of television.  This show had me at hello.  Check out the trailer for The Newsroom, below!

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fine tuning summer…part 1

Original Photo by unknown, of former skater and current sports stylist Cindy Whitehead, via Tomboy Style.

The summer solstice just passed us and I just had to celebrate it.  With music of course!  Starting today and over the next couple of weeks, I’ll be rolling out 3 different mixtapes that might come in handy when planning summer soirées, all with a different beat in mind!  This week’s mix is for the indie-minded set.  That’s right – Best Coast, tanlines, Fortune and a bunch of new hipster bands who are just bubbling to the surface right now.  Great rhythms for a morning, afternoon or cocktails and sunsets on the Thames or Mekong.  For me? I’d love to have these tunes passing through my ears while I longboard down a perfectly smooth seaside road. Or on the road, heading down to the coast today with some crazy cool chicks to celebrate a certain amazing lady’s birthday!

Stream here (or below) and download here, and have a fabulous weekend! (I’m heading to the sea!!!)

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i heart global tastemakers

One of the things I love so much about the web these days, is how it gets you close to the trendsetters and the tastemakers, whether it’s the Selby, Oh Joy! or in the literal sense – Turntable Kitchen.

This time, sophisticated and down-home Americana outfitter J. Crew worked with taste-observers, Scott Schumann (The Sartorialist) and Garance Doré to profile some trendsetters around the world in their new Hello, World series.  From Hong Kong to Berlin, Madrid to Sydney, they’re touching down in a metropolis near you, and I thought I’d share some of my faves from the series! Enjoy!

I love Takahiro Kinoshita’s outfit. I can just see a certain London-based, WHO-lobbying, health policy advocacy and all-around super stylish friend of mine in it! (Maybe sans trench though)

Madrid…would love to shop you.

And of course…an ode to Hong Kong. I have amazingly stylish relatives over there. I feel under-dressed each time I’ve visited.

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à la mode pp…mosquito nets & tetrapaks!

With a girl’s only trip down to the Cambodian coastline looming ahead, I found myself in need of a toiletry bag.  Seriously – why hadn’t I thought of this before?  Well I have, but after years of using ones inherited from a collection called “stuff my mom got for free and decided to give to me,” I decided it was time I found one to call my own. Made with re-purposed fishing net! And it came in a recycled Tetrapak shopping bag!

Toiletry bags in every colour of the rainbow!

And where to get such a fabulous travel accessory in Phnom Penh?…Smateria of course!

Smateria is practically a Phnom Penh institution among stylish social enterprises.  Formed in 2006 by 2 stylish Italiano ladies, Elisa and Jennifer, Smateria sought to turn all that litter you see around on the streets of the Penh – into something you’d want to lay down bucks for.  Everything is made from recycled goods, from mozzie and fish nets to tetrapaks, garbage bags, old motorbike seats, and second hand textiles.  Not only that, Smateria employs vulnerable and formerly exploited Cambodian women, using both home-based production and ethical shops around town in accordance to International Labour Laws. I love a social enterprises that tackles multiple issues!

But getting to the styles…check out Smateria’s online catalog.  They have got such a great sturdy collection of purses, wallets, travel accessories, super adorable kids’ gear, and bags to protect everything from your iPhone to your Macbook in every single colour of the rainbow! They even do custom designs and I’m thinking of having them do a mozzie net version of this bag!

Are these not the cutest?

My fave is their sun-filled store on street 57 x street 278, near Wat Langka!

So definitely do check out one of Smateria’s 4 locations (in PP and Siem Reap) if you’re ever in the Kingdom! Or if not, one of their stockists in Europe.  I can guarantee you, people will be asking where you got that bag.

All photos in this post, unless otherwise noted, by infinitiff.  Please do not reproduce or use without permission).

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tell time…with a little understated bling

Photo by David Kim for Wendy’s Lookbook. Watch by Michael Kors.

Time goes by fast, eh?  I keep track of 3-4 different times zones most days and it’s just a little ridiculous.  I mostly use my mobile phone, but sometimes – it would be really nice to have a watch to help me out.

And I’ve been looking…I have definitely been looking.  And then these brilliant timepieces caught my eye.  I love how minimal they are – perfect and simple – especially because I’m not a diamond-adorned Rolex kinda girl.


Yup. Gold. I really have never been about the bling, but these just catch my eye.  They go with so many city-wise outfits!  And they’re oh so sophisticated – I can’t help feel like the grown-up that I’m supposed to be.  Perfect with a blazer! But at the same time, I can see myself pairing them with some loose-v-neck Ts, a denim mini and pair of flip-flops (or thongs for you Aussies).

So I thought I’d share some faves that I’ve spotted recently.  And if you aren’t so big on the bling, then why not these gold-flecked chronometers for your wrist? Happy time-telling!

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