The Courier Shirt

Hello, it’s me. Utilita State, back on the blogging horse. For those who don’t know, I’ve officially packed my things and moved across the Atlantic to cute little Belgium (hence the short interruption in post programming). After living in both the US and Singapore for good chunks of my life, I figure it’s time I try out the old western world of Europe. Plus, my photographer slash “love of my life” is over here so yaknow, it’s really just practical. Anyhoo, a few things I’ve noticed about this country so far: Everyone cycles and nobody wears helmets Skinny heels in cobbled…

The Camel Coat

Things that I did and did not accomplish in 2016: DID: 1. Start blogging 2. Get CPA license 3. Remove wisdom teeth DID NOT: 1. Start investing 2. Get driver’s license 3. Buy a camel coat Though seemingly trivial, items #3 from both lists are the most significant in their category. I’ve been putting off getting my wisdom teeth removed for almost four years, proving that you can be 27 and still an awfully irresponsible adult. And since the winter began, I’ve browsed over 30 stores, both online and off, for that dang camel coat. Zara dropped the shoulders too…

The Glitter Knit

As the cold winter weather grows in strength, I always fall into a rut with my clothes. It happens year after year, a stretch of time when getting dressed becomes more a mission of bodily warmth than creative style. I despise it. In these mornings I open the closet and my hands, operating on auto-pilot, reach for the tank top + wooly knit combo that worked so well yesterday, and the day before, and OH YEAH, the day before that. Y’know sometimes in life, you just need a quick and nasty slap in the face – to remind you that…

The Floral Wrap Top

Let me start by saying I “literally can’t even” with this top. It embodies everything I feel and trust about fashion: that a single piece of clothing can speak for my style and individuality. I love it so much here is a Haiku I wrote on what it means to me: “Modern black florals, An Asian inspiration, For utility” Gah, well clearly, I am no poet. But in searching for ways to communicate the mood, beauty, and poignant experience of this piece of clothing, I was left with no other choice but a haiku. Gomen’nasai. THE UTILITY: A straight up…

The Grey Ribbed Rollneck

As I sit here reminiscing on Halloweens past, costumes adorned, parties made belligerent, I think to myself, God what happened to your youth!? Perhaps it’s because I am currently in Belgium and the American holiday isn’t as widely embraced here (or understood as an epic out-of-this-world excuse to rage for 48 hours straight), but this seems like the first year I didn’t really feel the same level of holiday energy that I used to. Please imagine Samuel L. Jackson’s voice as I say, “I’m getting too old for this shit”. Speaking of getting older, ahem – I mean aging like a…