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.

Meet: Zahra Zamari

Brunei Blogger May Cho interviews Zahra Zamari of The Rosie Grammar and Eve & Rosie
Brunei Blogger May Cho interviews Zahra Zamari of The Rosie Grammar and Eve & Rosie at Rack & Brew, Gadong.
Faith-conscious, style-loving and unapologetically true-to-self, Zahra Zamari is your regular 21-year-old and more.

I arrive at Rack & Brew at 3:00 PM sharp and see Zahra seated at a corner table with a group of her friends; "Group mates," she had forewarned me earlier, "I have two assignments due next week."

Dressed in her signature style, with pastels and delicate color blocking (pastel pink and navy blue on this occasion), she stands up as I make my way towards her. After a few shuffles and fumbles, we seat ourselves on a table beside her friends'. She smiles as I whip out my phone, "Do you mind if I record?"

Ennui

It was a particularly cloudy afternoon when these photos were taken. There was, alongside the scurried footsteps of pedestrians in muted hues, a melancholy wind drifting pale clouds of gray along. The dim sky brought about a bout of ennui that seeped and soaked into my skin as, sunless and cheerless, lethargic languor lulled me in.

Laziness is the word most would use upon the sight of a red mug on the bedside table, quiet mist, hot tea and all. Difference begs to be heard, however, where there are clamped legs and tired arms, cramped heart and sighing mind.

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