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Travel through a designer’s lens! Sharing style inspiration discovered on my global journeys, including clothing, accessories, traditional dress and handicrafts, along with beauty secrets from abroad.

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Gypset Wardrobe: How to Kill it in a Nyonya Kebaya
June 23, 2016
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Gypset Wardrobe: How to Kill it in a Nyonya Kebaya
Gypset Wardrobe is a Duende series helping you work traditional dress pieces into a modern wardrobe, like the gorgeous nyonya kebaya. The most likely place you’ve seen a kebaya (and maybe not known it) is the impeccably dressed Singapore Airlines’ female flight staff, in their figure hugging uniform. This uniform is a modern adaption of the traditional dress […]
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Gypset Wardrobe: 5 Reasons to Buy and Wear Traditional Dress Pieces
May 26, 2016
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Gypset Wardrobe: 5 Reasons to Buy and Wear Traditional Dress Pieces
Many of us have purchased a piece of clothing while travelling, that upon returning home has never seen the light of day.  Baggy pants in kaleidoscope prints, funny hats and exotic shoes may be new, exciting and just the thing to wear in their native setting. However brought back onto our home turf suddenly they […]
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2015 Duende Readers’ Favourites
December 3, 2015
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2015 Duende Readers’ Favourites
As the year draws to a close, I will be packing my suitcase and heading to where the sun is shining on new inspiration. If you are fortunate enough to put your feet up over the silly season and are looking to catch up on some reading, may I suggest you begin with the Duende […]
Design Style
Stay Cool! The History of the Hand Fan
October 22, 2015
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Stay Cool! The History of the Hand Fan
There is barely a culture or a time in history I don’t associate with the expressive, ever stylish and practical hand fan. Whether it is an ancient Egyptian king languishing in the breeze generated by an ostrich feathered wave; a coy Geisha peeking from behind her folding wing, or a fiery flamenco dancer passionately gesturing with […]
Design Style
Fabric of Life: Batik
October 2, 2015
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Fabric of Life: Batik
Traditional batik is a time consuming, hand cramping technique for producing exquisitely decorated textiles, not to be thrown aside in a fast fashion, machine woven, chemically dyed world. During my primary school years I began to learn the Indonesian language Bahasa. Along with learning to count to 10 and introduce ourselves in the language of […]
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10 Packing Tips For Southeast Asia
August 27, 2015
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10 Packing Tips For Southeast Asia
Depending what time of year you are travelling and how many locations you are covering, Southeast Asia can range from shivering snow laden mountains to balmy tropical beaches. Add to that various dress requirements for visiting religious monuments, and annoyingly inconsistent luggage allowances across local airlines and you have the recipe for a packing nightmare. After […]
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Style Profile: Jim Thompson
July 23, 2015
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Style Profile: Jim Thompson
If I could invite anyone to a dinner party, Jim Thompson would be high on my guest list. The army officer, one-time spy, art collector and Thai silk merchant would have some extraordinary stories to tell! I only stumbled upon the story of Jim Thompson, his multifaceted life and mysterious death, by accident 18 months […]
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Making The Case For Handicrafts Over Couture
June 25, 2015
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Making The Case For Handicrafts Over Couture
Tourists like you create the demand for souvenir products, so are you going to use your powers for good or for evil? Asia has become a magnet for people wanting fake designer products. If you have considered or bought these products while overseas, think honestly for a minute about why you might want a luxury or […]
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An Open Letter To Kylie Minogue On Her Birthday
May 28, 2015
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An Open Letter To Kylie Minogue On Her Birthday
I have never written a fan letter in my life and this is the most personally revealing post I have published to date. So here goes…Happy birthday to the divine Ms Kylie Minogue! Dear Kylie, I was five years old when I Should Be So Lucky was released.  I have re-enacted that scene from the […]
Nature Style
Rain, Back Scratchers and the Olympic Torch
May 21, 2015
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Rain, Back Scratchers and the Olympic Torch
What do these 3 things have in common? Clouds! In Chinese culture these fluffy tufts of meteorological cotton candy have some pretty interesting cultural significance.  Here is why… Having spent some time in China and surrounding nations where the Chinese have historically had major influence, I’ve noticed a recurring motif in the swirling, stylised representation […]
Design Europe Style
The Claddagh - Let Love & Friendship Reign
March 19, 2015
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The Claddagh – Let Love & Friendship Reign
A crowned heart clasped between two hands that symbolises love, friendship and loyalty; the design of the Claddagh ring of Ireland is one with a long and mysterious history full of romantic tall tales. But who can truly claim responsibility for the original motif?
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Colours of Vietnam
February 26, 2015
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Colours of Vietnam
The vibrant colour of Vietnam up close and in detail.