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I hope you can find something here that is useful to you. (Like the dog in the gif… but even better, yeah?).  The blue bar above is everything I’m working on, while the pic links give you some background info.  I truly look forward to connecting with you here as you try things out for yourself.


Help Mama Get Her Edge Back

By on September 25, 2014

I need help.  I feel like I no longer recognize myself.  I have become MOM.  The role truly transforms you.  All the body changes make you no longer recognize yourself, and the lifestyle changes make you no longer recognize your life.  I need to draw a line in the sand (or in the pile of laundry and toys) and decide who I am again.  I want a wardrobe of clothing that I love, not just stuff that fits my body okay and happened to be cheap and easy to find in the store.  I want my insides and outsides to match, and at the moment, I don’t think they do. I am, by nature, a prickly person.

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I am persnickety. I am easily irritable. I am controlling. (I have a bunch of positive qualities too, but they don’t illustrate the point I am making here, so stay with me.)

I have a desire to look “edgy.” I think the desire comes from a lot of places:

  • Always feeling nerdy and wanting to feel cool (even though I feel like I should have outgrown those feelings)
  • Wanting to display on the outside some of how I feel on the inside
  • Wanting to keep people away (not all people, just the ones I don’t know, I suppose—its an urge I can’t explain)
  • Wanting to feel relevant and be taken seriously
  • Wanting to visibly bristle against a society I don’t always agree with (mostly saying this about the US, but maybe it will apply in Singapore too)

Looking edgy is a way to deflect a whole lot of stuff, and what-evs yo, I’ll do what I want (to quote Cartman).


Edgy just feels right to me.

So the question is how to go about it. Let’s consider fashion. As a 34 year old mom, I cannot really access the trendy fashions of the day, because I am not twiggy enough to make mom jeans and pleated pants work, and really….I will just look like a mom wearing mom jeans. A teenager can make mom jeans look cool and ironic. I would just make them look jeans

Then there is edgy fashion in general. I like this because it feels mature, yet a little rage-against-the-machine. I love the brand Mù by Alfie Leong (a Singapore designer), but while nursing a baby, there are an awful lot of clothes you can’t wear.  No way I’m getting one of my chi-chi’s out of the cute dress below.


Plus it is freaking hot out here. The locals have adjusted to the heat, but I have not, so that rules out a lot of fabrics and styles. It is quite hard find an outfit that lets me stay cool but not hear my mother’s refrain in my head, “You look like you are going to the beach!”

I tried shopping last weekend, and after 14 failed outfits at H&M and another dozen at this store filled with Singapore designers called Keepers, I gave up.

Truly, I had to give up, as Kiddo2 had puked all over the store’s floor and me numerous times, and I was out of blankets and paper products to wipe it up with (and I had quite a stash). Sigh…. Mom problems.

My hair could make me look more edgy. I am thinking I will go short even though it has taken FOR-EV-ER to get my hair to this length.


The super-fun-post-baby-all-your-hair-falls-out stuff is happening over here, so it would just be a lot easier. Plus, like I said, it is freaking hot out here. So which do you like? Or should I keep it long? PLEASE HELP ME!

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Ignore the color used in the pics.  I will keep my hair dark, maybe some platinum streaks.  I just don’t want to look like this gal below.  No offense meant to her classic style; it’s just not for me.


I am too bristly to look like this. I need to look bristly.

Make up will be of no help as I can’t be bothered at the moment, and footwear must be sensible as I walk everywhere and carry a little one. And more tattoos? I am currently not permitted to get more.  I will have to consult management on that one.

I will update this post with my new hair and at least one edgy outfit!  I vow to get a fab haircut and find something awesome that fits me in Asia!

To be continued…

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Sigh…. Another Tall Girl Tries On Clothes In Asia

By on September 22, 2014

Asia has a ton of great fashion. Walk anywhere and and you will see boutique after boutique, brimming with adorable clothing of every kind, often just one of each piece in a store—truly a treasure trove for clothing shoppers. Unless

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Maid in Singapore

By on September 19, 2014

Sooooooo the best thing in the world happened. I have my very own Mr. Belvidere. So now you say: And I say :   So check this out. Singapore is a very fancy pants city with a much higher average


Good Morning Vietnam: Robbed And Hit By A Car

By on September 13, 2014

On our last day in Hanoi, I was buying fruit in a street market. It was a beautiful, quiet morning, and there were people selling all manner of fruit and vegetables on the street. It all smelled amazing, and it


A Nipple Induced Rant

By on September 3, 2014

FYI: This is not about which is better. It doesn’t matter. I don’t think anyone has ever said, “I wish my mom breastfed me. My life would have turned out so much better.” Yet we all FREAK OUT about whether