New Year, new chop


What better way to usher in the new year than through embracing a new chop?



Photography by Hee Teck Lye

Art Direction & Editing by myself


SheIn chiffon maxi

Topshop leggings (similar here)

Stradivarius platform sneakers (similar here)

22 Degrees North leather handbag (similar here)


Welcome to 2016. What better way to usher in the new year than through embracing a new chop? I had for the past few months been hiding the unruliness of my hair in a low ponytail, torn between keeping it long again versus rocking a chin-length bob. However, it wasn’t long before my unkempt tresses made the choice obvious: they had to go. A virgin long overdue keratin hair treatment also proved wonderfully effective; my strands finally felt as soft and silky as they should have been, and I was left wondering why I had never splurged on such effective hair pampering before. Nevertheless, as my hairdresser attested, my hair is still a work in progress, keeping in mind that the previous rebonding session I had on impulse in June of last year was disastrous, and its results are still prominently featured on my head. You have no idea how much I am looking forward to seeing my hair when it grows out completely and is in its natural state once more; the flat reminder of my last rebonding session now begins as a point of critique every time I enter a salon and forever remains a stain on my soul. It has definitely put me off rebonding for life.
As I felt my imposing black chop deserved a fitting introduction, here I am in one of my current favorite looks, a long billowing maxi from Shein in royal oxblood, with red tones of the Red Dot Design museum backing it up and a velvety Elizabeth Arden lip. Dark red has seldom left my mind in recent weeks, and it is very likely I will be investing in something ostentatious and redundant in the same shade for my room or wardrobe any day now.
I sincerely hope all of you have had a great start to your New Year spent with beloved family, friends and food, and are geared up with renewed motivation to make 2016 the year of your lives.

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    Audrey. the new hair cut looks amazing on you. I’ve been thinking about fixing my split ends too and will likely be taking the Lunar New Year as an opportunity to spend more on my hair, haha. The colour of the maxi looks regal on you; I’m loving these photos!

    May | THE MAYDEN | bloglovin’

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      Thank you so much May. Nothing feels better than a fresh new haircut, even if it costs a bomb, because you know, you’re worth it. (And you can only start kicking some 2016 butt when your hair is flawless.)

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    Love the new cut! I feel like I should treat my hair better this year. I don’t want to chop it off because for the first time in my life it’s really long and I want to enjoy that. I guess I’ll have to go easier on the hair dye.
    That maxi is so pretty too, the colour is perfect! xx

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      Haha I totally get you. I’ve been trying to grow my hair out for a year, but can’t seem to leave it alone, and dying it keeps killing it more, so I have to resort to chopping it off all the time! You definitely should maintain the long hair if you can!

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      Thank you Vicky! Haha I always go for something dramatic, but that’s mostly because I get tired of looking at the same hairstyle pretty often. Hope 2016 is treating you well!

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      Awww thank you so much Sonia! Lol for short hair I think a great hairdresser is key. Thankfully I’ve found an amazing one. πŸ™‚

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    A new year is perfect for changing your appearance in my opinion! Last year, I also cut my hair to about your length, and it was a nice change. I like how it really highlights the interesting collar of your dress, and the different shades of red are just amazing together!

    Angelina Is | Bloglovin’

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      It is seriously amazing. I think saving up for routine keratin treatments is probably the best thing I could do for my hair! Thank you Charmaine πŸ™‚

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