Empower x Min x Phoebe with Jay Johar

Brunei Blogger May Cho in collaboration with model Phoebe Chok nd Shi Min of discofissh, taken by Mujahid Jay Johar | style, blazer, monochrome, women empowerment
Brunei Blogger May Cho of The Mayden in collaboration with model Phoebe Chok nd Shi Min of discofissh, taken by Mujahid Jay Johar | style, blazer, monochrome, women empowerment
Brunei Style Blogger Shi Min of discofissh by Mujahid Johar | THE MAYDEN
Brunei model Phoebe Chok for The Mayden by Mujahid Johar
Three young women, three different styles, three different personalities -- unified by a single thread. 

With a photographer of evident calibre, synchronized blazers and a location to fit into the picture, we had our eyes set on telling a story, one that has strung the three of us together. We have so much to say, so much to share, but such a thin line to walk on. This I witnessed when we were seated around a cafe one afternoon trying to put our thoughts into words, and, within the strength we hoped to disperse, there is vulnerability and fragility in worried eyes and shivers.

No matter, I decided. 

Meet Min, meet Phoebe, meet May -- birds of a feather flocking together, trying to break out of a cage. 

PHOTOGRAPHS BY JAY JOHAR

Alt. Venture

Brunei Blogger May Cho collaborates with photographer Arif Rafie, Grunge Goth Street-style space buns, experimental, fashion, style
When hobbyists come together, an alternative, experimental sort of something is borne. 

This series of photographs was taken by Arif Rafie, a 16-year old with a camera and too much time in his hands. We pondered the vicinity of an old 80s bowling alley as dusk approached, the rundown, corroding walls fuel for our aesthetic joy. People flocked in and out of the fast food joint beside it as we crunched through gravel, their turning heads stopping us in our tracks occasionally. We exchanged glances of sheepish discomfort throughout the process.

When hobbyists come together, a bond of mutual respect, an almost laughable form of comprehension, is formed.

PHOTOGRAPHS BY ARIF RAFIE

Monthly Merits: July

Monthly Merits is a monthly series where I recount and award the month's worthiest moments in merits.

July was slightly bleak, four whirlwind weeks I'd rather leave behind for a much better tomorrow. July is the storm after the calm -- an endless, vicious cycle that strips and takes, but what is washed away brings back only what is cleansed. July was blue. Bad blue, bitter blue, but also blissful blue.

Here are the merits for July.

Sneakin' pt.2 x Revolution


Brunei Style Blogger May Cho collaborates with Revolution | Grunge, Chic, sneakers, New Balance, MRT580BV, rounded sunglasses, skater skirt, crop top, khaki, oversized, ripped tights, street style, fashion, The Mayden, Brunei Skate Park
This is part two of a two-parter collaboration with Revolution. Read part one here.

This is a shoutout to my multifaceted wardrobe and my mind that will not make itself up. Whereas I styled an all-out grunge look with the first pair of sneakers, I decided to take the second one where grunge and chic converges, hoping that I'd style a relatively different look but still stay true to my own wardrobe.

Black, slight earth tones and ripped tights combined, I think the path works out. With the sun hung low in the air at five in the evening, the local skate park, graffitied allure and all, was abuzz with skaters as these photos were taken.

Sneakin' pt.1 x Revolution

Brunei Style Blogger May Cho collaborates with Revolution | Grunge, sneakers, Nike Air Force 1 07, plaid, rounded sunglasses, beanie, bad hair day, fishnet stockings, ripped denim, shorts, street style, fashion, The Mayden, Brunei Skate Park
Brunei Style Blogger May Cho collaborates with Revolution | Grunge, sneakers, Nike Air Force 1 07, plaid, rounded sunglasses, beanie, bad hair day, fishnet stockings, ripped denim, shorts, street style, fashion, The Mayden, Brunei Skate Park
This is part one of a two-parter collaboration with Revolution.

When asked whether I am a daring person when it comes to styling preferences, I will retreat back into a cozy shell of blacks and more blacks, shake my head and proclaim my comfort zone. There has been several occasions, however, where I have taken more daring styling approaches, but never one where I was challenged to style a pair of sneakers.

Initially panicky, slightly fidgety, I thought that this could only be achieved by straying far from my shell, but I surprise myself by staying within it while reeling in something rather far-fetched.

Monthly Merits: June

Brunei Blogger May Cho The Mayden coffee black, The Krema, Fashion Blogger, Lifestyle Blogger, bruneiblogs, @themayden
Monthly Merits is a monthly series where I recount and award the month's worthiest moments in merits.

June was a coffee-sipping month -- not in the sense that my organs craved for caffeine to function, more so in the way that I got to sit down and enjoy the bittersweet tangs of love-sent mochas within the comfort and confines of four walls without worry.

June was laidback bliss. June was companionship. June was a lovely cup of ground coffee, of which I would sip endlessly if I could.

Misfit

I surprise myself yet again with an ensemble that brought patterns of two spectrums together. 

One, checked gingham of the yesteryears sprawled across a skirt in degrees that broke order; two, child of tartan of unorthodox politics, familiar to my ears only as 90s punk rebels; one and two makes three, held together by the backbones of black and white.

Gray somehow finds itself into the look, though, as patterns clash and heads shake at the mold that has been broken.

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