From Runway to Hell Yeah!: How To Wear Dresses With Sneakers
After all… what’s a skirt, but a pair of shorts without a crotch, right?
I’ve been running with my adidas energy boost 2 kicks off track thrice a week, it’s more muddy than turquoise now - I really need to get ‘em washed and get some #ootd done, lol. But scrap that for now and let’s talk about the frocks + sneakers trend: from runways to fashion bloggers to celebrities like Kristen Stewart and Leighton Meester - everyone’s ditching their killer heels for a pair of comfy kicks to go with their favorite dresses! So… who was it that said sneakers are only fer runnin’ and workin’ out?! That’s just so passé, yo. Besides, a girl’s gotta go places and get stuff done, ya feel?
In the spirit of #sportysaturday, breezy femininity and the fabulously iridescent new adidas boost series, I put these looks together as a personal bookmark and to inspire others, especially those of you who are obligated to wear heels on a daily basis, to give your sore feet a rest. Sneakers are, honest-to-god, so comfortable and you can pretty much wear ‘em with absolutely anything! So whatcha waiting for? Go bold, go bright and go big!
The frocks + sneakers look is pretty much anti-fashion, so experiment, and don’t be afraid to marry slouchy basics paired with sleeks and chains (take your cue from Leighton Meester!) or wear a bodycon dress with your black kicks à la Kristen Stewart.
Classics sneakers pairings like a crop top w/ leather skirt or tie-dye tee w/ denim shorts are dance party essentials. You reckon this girl will be slowing down when the sun comes up? Um, nope. Nope!
“‘Cos if you don’t believe, it can’t hurt you And when you let it leave, it can’t hurt you 'Cos if you don't believe, then you know Then you know it can never do you harm 'Cos if you don't believe, it can't hurt you
Ok, I admit I’m not innocent I did everything and I would again”
Agrarian Bario is defined by its timeless, age-old, sustainable village tradition – a mirror image of all that is urban, industrial and modern – and their creative powers to produce energy and design good agricultural practices for sustenance. Bario could be a place of safety and refuge for the observing traveler and the inquisitive; at 3280 ft above sea level, it is indeed a very welcoming village to seek and gain perspective, an inspired afterglow and bruises from hiking all day, exploring the culture and spiritual beliefs of the Kelabit and Penan tribespeople.
Often in an attempt to preserve culture, we fall into an inevitable danger of paradox – but even in the face of globalization and forced/influence assimilation, the Kelabit traditions have held firm (ie. Irau Mekaa Ngadan) and many of their cultural tenets and essence are infused into modern lifestyle, and language and craft are celebrated through storytelling and practice. “Hopefully, when the elders are gone, the language will not,” said Lucy Bulan, my darling host at Pesta Nukenen (Bario Food Festival), during one of our storytelling nights ‘round the fireplace.
Allow me to introduce you to “labo belatuh”, Kelabit’s traditional smoked and salted wild boar or deer meat – typically eaten with rice – and many other wonderful wild raw veggies dishes, all that is good and never exotified! Never have I been so in love with salt as I am with Bario salt – traditionally evaporated salt from the highland spring water. The preparation process include evaporation, drip and burning (in bamboo pipes) to harden the salt. Ahh, I’m missing so much of Bario already!
The curious problem of having/taking more than you need is almost fictitious here as the Kelabit harvest wild vegetables and hunt just enough for consumption. I felt so at home at the Pesta Nukenen (Bario Food Festival) communal dining – there is much to appreciate when a simple meal becomes a boisterous lunch/dinner party! The abstract concept of “alone together” as I so often experience in the city was… illusive.
Photos: Well respected and loved Kelabit elderly playing a traditional bamboo percussion / organic vegetables at Pesta Nukenen (labo belatuh, abeng kalad, labo selangui, udung ubih and kerabu mangga) / steamed rice with raw ginger flower and petai / firewood for cooking / Bario spring water salt, steamed sweet tapioca and homemade pineapple wine, “Mau Lagi”, for breakfast / Kelabit women adorned in precious beads / labo baka’ senutuk sama kedap, and my favorite busak luduh, among others / cinnamon trees grow wild in abundance in Bario.
The language is infinitely beautiful – I’ll never be a fluent speaker but it’s been a phenomenal experience learning a few basic sentences in the Kelabit language and connecting with their elaborate rituals and advanced philosophical discussions.
The Kelabit people are storytellers and spiritual teachers – far beyond their precious glass beads, there are mountains to climb and wonderful people to meet… will you notice the way the light of day changes the dense fog in the valley? Will you come home inspired and miss the experience and itch for more?
Feelin’ immensely inspired this week in a way I haven’t been fer a very, very long time - mostly because of some of the loveliest people I met and spent time with in the past couple of weeks. There have been many wonderful conversations and I am forever grateful fer the tenacity and kindness they have shown me. I’ve not lost faith in humanity.
My induction into the seedy side of Bangkok last night included a street food galore at the back alley of Si Lom, assuming the role of a farang’s young wife, running away from tappin’ d*cks, dancing to Madonna and Celine Dion with a bunch of very naked men, losing my purse and passport at a gay club, egging our tuk-tuk driver to wheelie the damn thing at 100km/h (and hell yes he did!) and breaking down in tears at Patpong. All fer good times, baby… all fer good times!
"All my days I’ve been searching to find out what this life is worth, through the books and bibles of time I’ve made up my mind - I don’t condemn, I don’t convert, this is a calling have you heard? Bring all the lovers to the fold, cause no one is gonna lose their soul,”
Even before Ziggy Marley’s show kicked off, extraordinary things were happening - there was indeed a lot of lovin’ and cuddlin’! We’ve just performed at the Esplanade Stage and hurried over to the outdoor theatre to see Ziggy’s endearing universal plea and his signature astute up-tempo observations on love. It was pretty much a sweat fest fer us… fck ‘twas a good night!
I truly believe that no other reggae performer captures longing, gratitude and regret as well as Ziggy does… and that so many of us get so enveloped in the fact that he is his father’s son that we sometimes miss the pathos at the heart of his work.
"…it’s a big cliché but it’s only a cliché because it’s true… you look at life differently… how much you take it for granted, you think you’re making plans for the next week and the next month and you just assume you’re gonna be there but you know, you gotta take a step back and smell the roses so to speak, gotta look around and appreciate everything you got at the moment,”