Pamper Yourself When Faced With Workplace Politics
Even if you haven’t seen Yanxi Palace, you probably can still relate to the type of bitchery lower ranks face against the unchecked power of their employers.
Hierarchy, ambitious people and love can be a tough game to play. But like main character Wei Ying Luo, there is no reason not to reach for the throne even if you are just a maid.
The easiest way to channel imperial consort is to indulge in some statement earrings which are also on trend in 2018. We recommend some origami designs, oriental drop earrings and if you prefer a subtler take, pearl earrings.
You probably opt for a simple ponytail on a normal day. But you can easily glam it up with these hairpieces for a Saturday night date with your Emperor.
The pointed finger guards from the Qing dynasty honestly look fabulous, but they are impractical for daily handphone typing. We recommend these statement rings for a dramatic effect.
Inevitably, tears will be shed. These cry proof options will keep you looking pretty when you stir others with your tears, you drama queen!
If you just received a not-so-awesome work appraisal, the best way to heal your confidence is to treat yourself to a manicure and some gorgeous nail artistry.
We are loving these exquisite creations by a Malaysian nail salon. My favourite is Empress Ulanara’s concept: black and gold immediately makes you a force to be reckoned with. Throw in a dash of purple or jewel tone for the Qing dynasty lacquered wood decoratif look.
But if you can’t make it to Sabah, check out Nail Artelier at Haji Lane.
While the costumes are too elaborate to wear down the street, here are some suggestions to turn Orchard Road into a forbidden palace catwalk.
If you have an eye for detail, it might be worth splurging on a dress fit for royalty.
Brocade dress: Dolce & Gabbana S$2,900
This ASOS wrap dress (S$89.96) is perfect for a night out or if you want to be a tease at work.
This Zara shirt (S$99.90) is easy to pair with a short dress or jumpsuit to add that regal touch to any outfit. Your hipster BF will even look great in it paired with a fedora and skinny jeans.
This playful illustration by Jaye Kang shows how to combine a neutral colour like navy with brighter embroidered flower patterns for a great contrast.
Dress: EZbuy S$16.66
If you still want Yanxi Palace vibes while wearing a simple solid dress, these unique bags will help you get your fangirl on. The hand-painted and embroidered textures are simply luxurious.
Due to the number of women in the Emperor’s harem, sometimes it takes a while before the Emperor replies your messages. Pass time without losing your mind by indulging in these soul nourishing hobbies.
The pink cherry blossom design will make it feel like Spring whatever the weather is.
Embroidery kit: Etsy S$34.47
Beauty abounds in the palace, so one can’t just be a pretty face. Learn about the true lives of Qing dynasty women with these Jung Chang books. It will be a great post-royal-heir-making discussion topic while you cuddle.
Yanxi Palace Fashion, Beauty And Style Guide 2018
We hope you found our recommendations useful to live it up like an Empress in modern day Singapore.
Calling your man “huangshang” in the bedroom is also a great way of making your HDB feel like the Eternal Spring Palace.