Matching Striped Shirt + Striped Skirt, Watermelon Clutch & Lips Print Slip-Ons | Gardens by the Bay, Singapore

It might be a little weird, but I can't remember the last time I went leisure-walking in Malaysia during a hot afternoon, when the sun is at its highest. And I'm talking about serious walking here, not about walking from my doorstep into my car and walking from my car into an air-conditioned restaurant or mall.
It's an entirely different situation when you're visiting an exciting city overseas though, and wanting to make the most of your time there. Hot or cold, you'd be out exploring!

    My sartorial choices are more adaptable to air-conditioned surroundings and that meant I made some questionable wardrobe choices when I visited Milan recently during what felt like the hottest days of summer. What I learned was: skirt = good, jeans = not as good, so I made sure to bring one of my favourite skirts EVAH to Singapore with its matching shirt. I wish I could find more matching sets like this, or even a dress like it.

      I have this habit of saving special things for special occasions. In this case, my trip to the amazing Gardens by the Bay in Singapore definitely warranted this adorable clutch in the shape of a watermelon slice — only my most favourite fruit in the whole entire universe, guys!

      I bought the clutch last year so seriously guys I waited a longgg time for the "right time". I could've gone with simpler shoes but I've been loving the "maximalist" vibe lately so I slip into these lips print slip-ons, which I wore in my 'How To Dress When You're Feeling Lazy & Still Look (Mildly) Cool' post.

      Gardens by the Bay in Singapore was AMAZING. I've seen so many photos of the place on Instagram and knew roughly how unique the whole place is, but seeing it in real life was something else! These shots were taken in the Cloud Forest dome, where the amount of greenery they grew in there was simply breathtaking.

      This might be weird but the one thing that blew me away about the dome was the fresh, cool air in it, which doesn't feel artificial at all, amidst the hotness and humidity in Singapore! I kept saying "HOW does the air here tastes so good??" Some seriously fantastic air-conditioning going on in there guys, just amazing. I turned to Shah at one point in there and said, "If I live in this city I would come heree every month!"

      Although that might not be so practical, seeing as how the entrance fee into the dome wasn't exactly minuscule, but a girl can dream right?

            *Cloud Forest dome photos taken using iPhone 7+

            Wearing: Avan Lily striped shirt & skirt  |  Kate Spade watermelon clutch  |  Flossy Style slip ons  |  Lovisa earrings

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            1. That is such a cure bag! Have a great evening dear!

            2. even for a local like me, the entrance fee is expensive! but seeing your pictures, make me wanna go there over this weekend! :P

              1. Hi Nrhsmh.Hsn!

                Yes, I did think the entrance fee was a bit costly, but since I wasn't going to visit Singapore anytime soon, I thought it was worth it! That being said, I do think that the next time I visit Singapore, I would actually want to go into Cloud Forest again, and take my own sweet time in there. Ideally I would love to bring my family along with me, especially my mom, as I'm sure she would love the place just as I did!

                I'm sure Singaporeans are very proud of the Gardens of the Bay =D

            3. Oh my goodness Liyana! This is a really amazing place!! I have to agree that I would also want to visit it often. I love how you described the wonderful freshness and "taste" of the air!! I'm sure that the plants and the oxygen they give off makes the quality of the air unique!
              You look fresh, pretty and just a bit casual in this set. I love it! I really think this is a silouette that you should try to replicate in some other fun fabrics!! If you could find a tailor who charges reasonable prices...just having a couple more skirts like this would be great!!! Maybe a cool Disney fabric for one and a light weight chambray blue for another...? Do you mother or sister know anyone who is a seamstress?
              I also love the pop of red in your hijab Liyana. It looks lovelywith your complexion. That little slice of watermelon is too cute!! Love, Jude

              1. Thank you so much, Judy! Red is my favourite colour, and I secretly think that particular shade of red suits me well! =)))

                You know what I actually have been thinking about that exact idea for a longgg time. About replicating this matching set, I mean! The matching shirt and skirt / pants trend were really huge when I was in Japan, and I regret not stocking up more on them. I do go to a seamstress regularly, the one who makes my traditional outfits for Eid and wedding events and such, but I have never gone to her to make anything casual. She lives quite far from me so I haven't had the chance to discuss with her about it.

                In the meantime I need to look for the right kind of fabric. I would love to get a dress like this set made up, really!

            4. That garden is heaven I'd wanna come everyday and live in it! Haha. Yes, I can dream. Didn't know there was an entrance fee. But wow, what a gorgeous green place and you, lady, look absolutely ravishing in your maximalist style OOTD. I love that bag, and yup, watermelon slices on a hot day, quench like no other. I'm with you on the not being outdoors in the afternoon here in Malaysia. I'd shrivel and die. The heat inspires heat stroke so NO, you're not weird at all as I think most Malaysians avoid the afternoon giant ball of fire :D x

              1. Actually after I declared I would go there every month if I lived there, I changed it to "No, every WEEKEND Shah!" but, you know, I'd be broke. Like I would be happy to get to be in such an amazing place every week but at the same time be so damn broke. I went to the two domes there and it cost me about RM 90, so, yes, no one should actually even be visiting that place every month...

                Actually I was outdoors a majority of the time this past weekend, and oh my God, I could literally feel my body dehydrating. I must say, the bits of rainy moments helped to cool our weather a bit, thankfully.


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