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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

New Mall Alert! Central Embassy

Bangkok is great because there's always something new to do some new mall to check out. Personally, I'm still waiting for District Em to crash land between Sukhumvit Soi 35 and 39. I heard that the prawn people that live there are really friendly.

Until my sci-fi dreams become reality, I'll have to make do with the other new mall on the block, Central Embassy. Deemed the new designer destination in Thailand, it's mostly famous for it's incomplete look and gritty flooring that offends nearly everyone who enters.

Still, Central Embassy does boast a curated collection of the usual high end European designers, some newcomer flagships, brunch spots, concept stores and Japanese restaurants. Oh and Zara also landed yet another ginormous retail space for those of us who buy our Margiella in knock-off form.

Connected to Pleonchit BTS, you can't miss Central Embassy. There's also a giant metallic horse in front. Don't try to ride it though, those coin slots are just for decoration.

Coolest Store: Siwilai Concept Store

One of the highlights of Central Embassy is Siwilai, a new concept store. You'll never be able to afford anything, but feel free to browse! Cool designers like Fausto Puglisi and The Row are featured for the first time in Thailand. Follow the hi-so life on their FB page.

Rest Stop: The Girl And The Pig

The Girl And The Pig, besides describing my date last night (haha), is a bakery and brunch place. Much to our surprise, this cafe/restaurant found inside Central Embassy was actually... good. Plus, you'll probably need a rest from wandering around the mall aimlessly since you can't afford anything except Zara. Stalk food porn on their Facebook if you don't believe me.

The Girl And The Pig:
Mushroom and grilled veggie salad with poached Egg

The Girl And The Pig:
Mediterranean baked chicken with fried egg and garlic bread

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

My Boyfriend Jeans, Never Let Them Go

Raw denim has been gaining momentum in Bangkok for a while now. The concept orginates overseas, but local brands have recently stepped up to answer Bangkok's denim demands. Now, raw denim is a a supertrend that can't be stopped.

I didn't get it at first either. My boyfriend, one half of Bangkok-based Nama Denim, had to explain it to me.

What's raw denim?

All denim begins it's life raw. Stiff, thick and a very dark shade of indigo. Brands add fades, bleach patterns and rips. Think Diesel's iconic fades or acid washed Topshop Mom Jeans.

Nama Denim is about pure, unadulterated denim in all it's glory. Japanese denim is the most coveted, since Japanese fabric mills now possess the vintage American looms that were discarded decades ago. Vintage looms + authentic raw denim = a product very close to the orignal by Levi Strauss himself.

The fade comes with time as you wear down the jeans and finally wash them, letting the indigo dye bleed off and reveal the personalized fade pattern underneath. Nama Denim recommends at least 3-6 months of wear before the first wash.

Selvedge Denim

That little red seam that's peeking out the cuff of your jeans? Don't be surprised if a denimhead judges you by it.

Selvedge jeans are made using the edge of a piece of raw denim fabric. Rim daeng (ริมแดง) in Thai, it's even more authentic and exclusive. Depending on the color and style of the selvedge, of course.

The boyfriend fit

Being selvedge means the jeans are very straight down the outer seam of the garment. Perfect for guys. But what about our girlie hourglass figures?

Personally, I like the straight look of these jeans. Although they weren't made for my shape, I think they are really flattering on girls. The straightness elongates the legs, especially with heels. The boyfriend fit and dark color is slimming.

Not just for the boys

High quality, timeless, authentic. To me, these are the best qualities of guys' style. And denimheads will agree, these are the tenets of their raw denim obsession.

Guys usually like it classic, with a few key pieces to complete their look. Don't ask me to pare down my wardrobe, but there's something to be said for dependable closet staples. After all, we want our guys dependable too, don't we?

I'm wearing Nama Denim Japanese denim in Skinny Fit. Shop the style here and check out their shop in Terminal 21 (2nd floor).

Follow Nama Denim on Instagram @namadenim and Facebook for updates.

Monday, June 16, 2014

One Ounce For Onion: Concept Store & Cafe

If you're a Bangkok hipster in the know, then you're probaby reading this from one of the outdoor benches at One Ounce For Onion, rolled ciggie and Colombia brew in hand. You can stop reading now.

But if you haven't checked out One Ounce For Onion yet, then make your way down the little sub-soi off Ekamai Soi 12 and try their brief but delicious menu of home cooked grub and home roasted coffee. Stay for a while and browse the eclectic collection of clothes, shoes and glasses. 

Read the rest of my review of One Ounce For Onion over at BKK Events...

Saturday, June 14, 2014

World Cup Fever!

Viva la Neymar!!! Everyone has World Cup fever, even in Bangkok, where our dear leaders lifted our midnight curfew just so we could watch the 2am games. Military rule rules!

The fashion world as gone crazy for sporty looks ever since Prada models sauntered down the runway in knee high bejeweled soccer socks for Spring/Summer 2014. Street style soon followed with basketball jerseys, Nike swooshes, mesh dresses and pool sliders. Pool sliders?! Yes, pool sliders.

This is true Man Repeller fashion according to my boyfriend, who shook his head and sighed when I asked him which team has the best jewel toned jerseys.

So go on, grab a jersey. Any sport will do! And let World Cup Fever invade your closet. Get the look: Pomelo has tons of new sporty styles just in to complete your effortless (yes extremely well planned) street style look.

Images from: Pinterest, Tomorrow's Outfit, Pomelo