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Solace

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The first post of the new year.

Fashion vs Fandom. Dilemmas.

A place to call home.

Recount.

I could go on about how it’s a new year, how I’ve created my ‘New Years Resolutions’ and how I’m reflecting on the year that has passed, but there is no point in that. We’re halfway through the first month of a new year, and I could make the excuse of being awfully busy as I was during my last several posts, but that is not the case anymore. Sometimes you just feel like you’re in a slump, and I’ve had nothing to say, so I didn’t say anything. Actually, I’m not quite sure I have anything to say now unless you want to hear about how I’m still behind with the stereotypical ‘New Years Resolutions’ I thought I would come up with.

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I realise that recently I’ve been continuously notifying every one of my absence and apologising for it, which makes each apology almost meaningless, as I become stuck in a rut once again and am unable to post. The thing is, I like to keep myself incredibly busy, and when I am at my busiest I do my best and most work. Sometimes that means I won’t do any blog posts, but on the other hand, I try to overtly makeup with it and create as many posts as possible. Then when I actually have a break, I forget that anything to do with the internet (other than Netflix) exists, which brings me back into a strange rut. This is although a small insignificant first world problem, one of the problems that exist while I attempt to maintain a blog.

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On the other side of things, when it comes to having a blog, or a website, a youtube channel etc. I wonder what it is I should actually post about. I like posting and talking about the things I like, that’s my obvious conclusion, hence why I write about the things I like. For example, this site is mainly littered with fashion and photography because I enjoy those, but I also enjoy a well-versed variety of TV Shows, film, music and books which I don’t frequently post about here. This is something I hope to change in the coming year (to an extent), as this site is well, my site, so why not, right? This is also why the navigation on the site has been changed a little. I titled this site/blog ‘Tiffany & Couture’ and there’s a lot of ‘couture’ on here, but now I’m introducing the ‘Tiffany’ label so you guys can explore a little more about what I like. I always seem to be battling between fashion and fandoms. I adore so many fandoms and I tend to appear like a bit of a geek myself when it comes to certain areas (seriously, if you started to talk about something like Harry Potter, my brain is littered with the most ridiculous amount of useless facts). I notice that throughout the online community, we are always told to keep to a ‘niche’ we shouldn’t go outside of this niche or label because it’s too much for people to handle, and it’s too much of a mess to control. Well, I’ve decided that since I am a mess, my social sites might as well reflect that part of me because, none of us, are one-dimensional labels like we try to show the world. Everything is connected anyway, and I write about everything, in the same way, the same passion, and the same goes with items I photograph in order to display here. Everything will still be as connected as ever, you just get to see a little more of me. This way I’ll stop battling the ridiculous battle of fashion vs fandom and start focusing on more important things.

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Another thing I wanted to note in this ramble of a post is that although I’ll complain and go off onto tangents, talking about my love of film or the art in fashion, there are such massive things going on in the world. I often think about my contribution. Is talking about fashion and photographing such things a good contribution to the world? What does that do? Does it do anything at all? If I sit in front of a camera talking about my favourite products of the month or books I’ve recently read, does that do anything? Would be time be better served creating poetry that discusses the events of today, but creating a political message online, by further aiding the protests in conversation in order for good to triumph over evil. Of course, I feel my time would be better spent if I did my part in aiding the world. I’m often stuck in a never ending existentialist thought bubble when it comes to the events of today, and how political we can get. Our voices are our most powerful weapons, especially in today’s society, so what am I using my voice for? I know that when it comes to my beliefs I won’t back down, never have. I’m open to what others have to say, but I also know what I stand for and why. I often speak out on social media platforms (specifically, twitter because that’s where all the fights happen) but should I bring that here, to this site. I seem to have come to the conclusion that if I feel the need to speak out about a particular subject here, I will. I’ll speak about what I want to speak about. I also know that these thoughts cannot consume me and that we do need a little bit of light in our world. And perhaps to me, that’s writing about the things I enjoy, because that brings me peace, and calm, and to you, it might be reading about these things. Reading about art, fashion, lifestyle, today’s trends, or even fanfiction. We all need an outlet right, and this site will continue to be a community that we can all share as an outlet. I’ve said before that I’ve wanted to do more than just the usual ‘top ten ways to wear this’ or ‘to do that’, but perhaps I was too harsh when I first suggested the topic and didn’t quite get my point across, as I keep feeling the need to revisit it. I know people enjoy that type of work, and I also know that people enjoy my type of work, as we all need a solace, somewhere in which we feel comforted and happy.

And perhaps that’s why when I’m in a rut I don’t visit my own site. Because I don’t want my negativity invading the place where I find solace.

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Images from Instagram // @thetkennedy

24 Hours in Singapore

Okay, maybe a little bit more than 24 hours.

Could've been a How To: Singapore post but, I've never been before, and a how to didn't seem to cut it. Especially considering how I got lost on Orchard Road, but I think that getting lost is part of the experience (and I'm totally not saying that to not seem like an idiot right now).

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4pm: Check into the Orchard Hotel. Located at the beginning of Orchard Road, this is the perfect place to stay because it’s shopping central. Here we have ION Orchard and the Paragon within walking distance, both home to a large amount of shops. (It’s also a 10 minute drive to Marina Bay, and a 5 minute drive to the Botanic Gardens).
4:30pm: We grab something to eat from the Orchard Hotel noodle bar, and that just gave us all the stamina that we needed. Definitely worth trying out. I love my chilli and having easy access to all kinds of chilli there, just works for me.

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5pm: Explore Orchard Road. And then get lost ten minutes later within ’T Galleria’ because I saw makeup and decided to explore all the levels of this place. Which included buying a little more than intended due to the sales at Marc by Marc Jacobs on the the second or maybe third floor.
6pm: After finally exiting the store that I wasn’t exactly looking for, I continue on down the road. I see ION Orchard on the other side, which is blocked off by gates, which we cannot cross.

 

 

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6:30pm: I find myself in the middle of the Paragon, where there is a massive macaroon tower from Laudree. Still wondering whether or not those macaroons were real, but they looked delicious all the same. Getting lost is kind of fun. Well, in Singapore it’s kind of fun, every corner has a Tiffany & Co I swear. (Every corner also has a Starbucks store, which doesn’t exist in Perth, really.)

7pm: Once we've spent a little while exploring areas within the Paragon such as 'Club 21' which is home to DKNY and other brands, it's time to try and find a way across to ION Orchard again. I have no idea why it's blocked off by gates, that's something I'll have to google later. But at least every store has such great air-conditioning which keeps me going for a bit longer

8pm: Search the stores at ION Orchard (after finally finding a crossing path to get across to it), noting the big Sephora store that lurks inside, along with all of the designer fashion. Also since it's Christmas, take a photo in front (and inside of) the Swarovski Christmas Tree.

8:30pm: I realise how tired I am already from walking around, and try to find my way back to the hotel. Finally finding a crossing way that would take me around and back to the other side of Orchard road, faster.

9pm: Matcha green tea frappes at Starbucks before having a nice cool shower, and relaxing at the Orchard Hotel while watching movies.

10am: Rainbow cake and coffee at Marina Bay, while wondering why the shoppes weren't open yet. The site said 10am okay, but the barista said 12pm. So that was confusing, but once heading down to the lowest level, I noticed that the shops down there were open, so perhaps each level opened at different times.
12pm: The exploration of the Shoppes at Marina Bay continues, as Louis Vuitton and Saint Laurent have opened their doors. Louis Vuitton is a special kind of place here in Singapore, as it's lower level actually holds a Louis Vuitton art gallery, showing pieces that were created decades ago, along with their monogram service.

 

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1pm: I take on more shops, the mall practically endless, before having a look at the river stream in the middle of the stores. With gondolas rowing down the middle, it was a trip I desperately wanted to be on, just chilling in the water, but the line was almost as big as the ride itself. Next time, I'll have to arrive earlier to catch that ride.
3pm: After a moment back at the hotel to relax, and eat more at the noodle bar, I've recouped and headed off to the Gardens by the bay. A flawless display of nature, within two domes and more. The flower dome and the cloud dome being the main displays for tourists.

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4pm: The exploration of the flower dome was first, with various types of plants from Australia, Singapore and other places around the world. This dome was rather beautiful, obviously, with little Christmas decorations which were still up while I was there. So many people took so many selfies, but apparently (according to the Louis Vuitton travel guides) the use of technology at any time isn't considered rude here, answering at the table, or sending off an email while at dinner, is just part of the fast pace living of Singapore. Something that I'd get yelled at, while at home.

5:30pm: The dark leaves of purple and green were of much interest to all those who entered the cloud dome. The first site that we all laid our eyes upon was the waterfall coming from a large mountain of green. A mountain where we would soon be standing at the top.

6pm: As we headed to the entrance of the mountain and it's pathway across the top of the mountain, I noticed the old trunks which had been planted onto walls. Perhaps recycled, into that art of faces, dragons, and koi which was very intriguing to all who noticed. But it was easy to just walk by and not notice, as these pieces were so harmonious with the plants around them.

7pm: At the top of the mountain, it's ridiculously scary to walk down, but we went down each level of the mountain, finding new things, being able to almost touch the waterfall from the other side and noting the crystals that were placed within the mountain.

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Images taken at Gardens by the Bay, Shoppes at Marina Bay, Orchard Hotel, The Botanic Gardens and ION Orchard.

Shot on a Nikon D3200 + 18-55mm lens. Edited by Tiffany Kennedy.