I’ve been daring to wear more black and white outfits recently, a departure from my comfort zone of too-many-colours. Simple black and white rarely appealed to me until I acquired thisÂ Bec & BridgeÂ Bitter & Twisted Textured Top, the tactile texture of it so captive of my interest that I’ve been experimenting with different looks as often as my need for clean clothesÂ would allow. It’s been such an eye-opener to realise just how essential white is to any wardrobe. I own too many shades of grey, possibly a portrayal of my tendency to sit on the fence overÂ a lot of things, paralysed by the ability ofÂ seeing the good and bad in too many issues. Perhaps it’s time to swing toÂ the extremes more often.
There is a certain elegance to it, after all.
My face! This photo triggered memoriesÂ whenÂ I realised that itÂ captures an expressionÂ resembling that on the cover ofÂ Ella Enchanted, one of my earliest book hooks. ItÂ was one story that I went back to time and again, and still do,Â partlyÂ because I’ve always been a sucker for fairytales and thereforeÂ their reinterpretations. However, the movie nearly killed me. The only other time I’ve been so angry at a movie was for Avatar: The Last Airbender (and trust me, its white-washing was the least of my concerns).
The Little Mermaid is another one that I watch over and over again. I was surprised when I recently found out that a friend did not know that the Disney film originated from darker material. Then again, I had free reign over books I borrowed from the library as a kid,Â and there’s no prizes for correctly guessing what I was prone to picking out.
Photos assisted by Mum.