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Posted on: 25 July 2010

Bench dress
Blazer (Zara) Dress (Bench) Tights (Topshop) Shoes (H&M)
When it comes to gifts, I only accept things that I really, really like and more often than not, I have a hard time choosing things and sometimes I have to politely refuse!

However, when the lovely Malin and Maria over at Very asked me to pick something,I headed on over to the dresses and was surprised that I ended up liking something by Bench as the brand reminds me of when I was 14. A time when I had a bit of a phase wearing baggy jeans, band t-shirts and listening to er...emo music. Yeah, let's all erase that from that from our memories. Ahem.
Bench Dress detail
Necklace (Tatty Devine for Tate)
So I ended up choosing this Streetlight dress, which is perfect for layering and has a great print. I chose a size 10, but should have stuck with the 8 as it's a tad on the baggy side. However, it's quite a loose fit anyway which meant I had to belt it, so I think I would have had the same issue even if it was the smaller size.

I don't do these very often and have avoided doing a Q&A post because I really don't think I'm interesting enough at all! However, the amazing Clare over at Tweet tagged me to answer these 8 questions, so I might as well give it a go!

1. What never fails to cheer you up?

My friends definitely, I love nothing more than chilling out and having a good laugh. Otherwise, I'm a sucker for funny game shows. I've always watched Cantonese ones growing up like Super Trio...but Japanese ones are hilarious too. You only need to youtube them to find some funny ones!

Otherwise, my latest discovery is Sleep Talkin' Man which is pretty hilarious!

2. If you could live one day of your life over again what would it be?

I'd go back to July 2008, New York. Any day would do. It was one of the best holidays and it definitely brings back fond memories.
NY Photo by ClaireR
Photo by my friend Claire...look how short my hair is!!

I'd also go back to Reading 2005, the night when Incubus were on the main stage. It was one of my favourite moments, the sun was setting and the light was hitting the band while they were singing Wish you were here. That was pretty special.

3. What do you like best about yourself?

I've always been shy, hated public speaking and being the centre of attention. A strange paradox when it comes to writing this blog! I still hate public speaking but uni has shown me that once I put my mind to something, I can do it and I definitely like that about myself.

4. What would you change about yourself?

I wouldn't mind being a little taller- no one likes to be at armpit height when you're on a packed bus/tube. Haha, I'm ridiculously short! Honestly, all you short girls out there know what I'm talking about!

I'd also tell the 12yr old me to carry on with Chinese school as my one regret is not being able to read/write Chinese! I know a little but not enough to get me by.

5. What have you enjoyed most about blogging?

All the friends I've made from it! It's awesome having friends that have similar passions. There have been some pretty epic instances which I'll never forget like going to the Burberry AW10 show. The exciting news is that I've been invited back for the SS11 show!

6. Who or what is your ultimate source of inspiration?

A mixture between real people aka bloggers and Japanese fashion magazines. A perfect mix of both is definitely my cup of tea!

7. If you could be anywhere in the world where would you be?

Right now? I'd love to be in Hong Kong to see my family. I miss them a lot. Otherwise I would say Japan as I've wanted to go for so long!

8. Who would you invite to your ideal dinner party?

Tim Walker because I really admire his work, I'd want him to bring me a giant prop from one of his photos! Haruki Murakami so I can quiz him on his amazing, surreal writing (what do they all mean?!) Vivienne Westwood because I think she would be totally mad and definitely some of my favourite bloggers.
Vivi Aug 10
Phew, long post! Lots to do tomorrow, a bit of uni work and scanning August's Vivi magazine which I've been meaning to do for ages. Hope you all have a lovely weekend!

54 comments:

  1. You look adorable!

    xox
    Chandler
    www.chandlersfreshstart.com

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  2. LOL @ "armpit height." Yes, that is bad!

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  3. It's a really cute outfit! Good pick :)

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  4. I really love your outfit! It seems different to your usual style, but really cool nonetheless :)

    Also, I think these tags are a lot of fun, I enjoyed reading your answers!

    Leia

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  5. You look amazing! Zara has some of the nicest jackets!
    And I love reading your answers! You're really one of the most down to earth bloggers out there! Keep going!
    <3

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  6. Love your style :) You are so cute! I love the dress!!!!!!

    Did you also design your banner? I love it!

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  7. Another cool jersey dress! AHHH BOOT SHOES <3!

    i love your blazer.. I just lost mine o_O need to buy a new one!

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  8. Great blazer, it looks fab on you

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  9. So cool. Love the interview. Great to hear you talk about short girls. I'm one too.

    I have been curious about these types of dresses. Especially, the bottoms. I'm not certain how to exactly wear something like that. Loved what you've done.

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  10. The top is beautiful!

    colormenana.blogspot.com

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  11. This outfit looks great. I love the dress, I didn't even know Bench made dresses! It looks lovely with the blazer!

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  12. Ahhh, this is lovely! You are more than interesting enough for it!

    tweet tweet tweet

    x

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  13. i found these answers really interesting. i'm always in awe to hear of how many bloggers are shy in real life (as i am). it is strange we have chosen to blog. and bench is not a brand i would buy but i really like the piece you have chosen.

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  14. i found these answers really interesting. i'm always in awe to hear of how many bloggers are shy in real life (as i am). it is strange we have chosen to blog. and bench is not a brand i would buy but i really like the piece you have chosen.

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  15. cool interview, new york is somewhere i need to visit!

    http://www.dolls-and-guys.blogspot.com/

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  16. The dress looks great. I love the design at the front.

    Great replies as well. I do love rreading tags where I get to know more about a blogger.Lol: I love Takeshi's Castle: best game show ever.

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  17. i like the blazer...i have a small obsession with blazers...
    i know what you mean with the public speaking problem; uni really got me over that too:)
    margief
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    www.margieheartsclothes.blogspot.com

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  18. I want to go back to New York March/April 2010, they were really fun months where the weather wasn't too bad, and we saw a lot more of the different areas. Any month will do though, I'm not fussy. Love your outfit espesh the dress, not typical Bench at all! I even noticed the window of JD Sports looking vaguely decent today, what's happening to me?!
    I am starting to answer your questions but I'm a serious procrastinator, hope they're not too urgent. Will try my best!

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  19. oh my god i love that dress, espp with that blazzzerr.<3333

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  20. i love the dress you picked!! great choice :)

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  21. I am ridiculously short as well! And I know what you mean, one of my biggest nightmares is an overcrowded concert :D

    Don't feel bad about Chinese, I live in my home country and I still express myself better in a language that is not mine than I do in Arabic..

    So I guess that leaves you in a much better position? :) x

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  22. Gorgeous jacket, dearest Winnie!

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  23. i love the dress and the necklace! and great q&a post, i wish i learned how to read and write chinese too.

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  24. I love your necklace;)
    You look fantastic!
    Kisses from Poland

    www.ewcpicturespresent.blogspot.com

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  25. You look great. I loved the Q&A. Hope you had a wonderful weekend.

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  26. ah the NYC photo had me welling up a bit! (you know what I'm like). We need to make another pact to go back - it worked last time! i want to be there, so many good, carefree memories. Love the freebie dress, it's such a pretty pattern. until thursday....! xxxx

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  27. woww! your necklace is great!! i love it!!

    thanks for your comment darling! i love more each day your blog!

    very kisses from http://sweetsyte.blogspot.com/

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  28. I love the dress, lucky you!
    And ohh dear, armpit height - been there before! :/
    I can relate to you wishing you had carried on with your Chinese studies, my parents are Irish and sent me to gaelscoil to learn gaelic when I was little but I stopped when I was around about 13, and now can't remember much apart from the basics. It's a shame as I really would love to pick it up aagain, but as I study French and italian at uni, I think I would get too confused now!
    x

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  29. I've only read After Dark by Haruki Murakami but already I'm hooked :) And that dress is gorgeous too. I love Sleep Talkin' Man it's hilarious! Really interesting post. xxx

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  30. I lalalalove your necklace! I've been looking for something like that for a while but they always have weird sayings on it :(

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  31. Good choice, nice colour to the print. And lovely Q&A ! xx

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  32. I love your dress and it is an excellent choice. The close up of the print is very lovely. Its good you did the tag because its interesting to read about you.

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  33. you've layered this outfit so well darling x

    www.pinstripeprince.blogspot.com

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  34. Cute outfit, love the necklace!

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  35. That's a super sweet look, I really like the untitled necklace!

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  36. Your dress! Love the outfit and great interview :)

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  37. lovely, lovely post. i really enjoyed reading all your answers!

    xo Alison

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  38. Really pretty outfit. Love your top.:)SarahD

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  39. Haha. I love all of your answers. Cute and so honest.

    Sorry for the late reply.

    Visit the new post :)
    Sounds Like a Parfait

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  40. Cool blazer and dress! I love it so much.

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  41. I wouldn't midn being a little taller too! and I love that shirt you are wearing, the print on it is neat

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  42. Love your dress! The print is gorgeous, and love the tights too.
    xx

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  43. I lived in Japan and loved every min! The style there was so inspiringly crazy, I'd go back in a heartbeat!

    blogging is cheap

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  44. What a fun print, and I absolutely love that necklace!

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  45. "Armpit height." Gah! It's official - I adore you! I too am forever at armpit height - it's ridiculous! Thank goodness for wedge heels!! :P

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  46. Awww, I love that photograph... if I might say so myself ;-) heehee!

    I really like your dress. Size 8, ppfftt -_- skinny cow. I really like your combo though, *sigh*

    *dreams of such fashion superiority*

    *wills money to grow on trees*

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    slightlynoodles.blogspot

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  47. I love this outfit so much! The print on the dress is amazing and it looks great with the blazer :)

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  48. Fun post ! and you look great, love your hair!

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  49. Hey! I have this dress and would never have thought to have put a belt with it ... thanks! I might try this next time I wear it.

    Katie x

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