Tops Must-Haves in My Closet

There was once an article that revealed that one of the secrets to a happy and peaceful life is to take a conscious effort to keep things at minimum. This basically adheres to the principle that less is more.

Living a quite hectic life myself, I took the article seriously and look into my own situation to check which aspect of my life I can actually minimize or simplify. Surely, there are a lot! Many of us find it easier to acquire things rather than lose them, by choice. This is why living with less is truly a challenge for me. But just to get a jumpstart at it, I decided to start with my closet. I think almost any woman would agree that closets are witnesses to years of hoarded clothing, some of which have not been used for months, already.

For a start, I decided to just leave my fashion staples or closet essentials. I’m more of a shirt/blouse person rather than a dress girl so I prioritized having a list of my tops must-haves or those shirts I basically cannot live without:

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Call me boring or plain Jane but white shirts are truly one of the most versatile pieces of clothing ever made. You can wear the same plain white shirt many times in a week and style it in different ways. Chances are your peers will hardly notice you’ve been repeating the shirt. White tees are comfortable, plus they also look really clean on anyone. You will never have to worry about being over accessorized when your are wearing just a white shirt.


Stripe blouses and shirts

Ever since I saw Kate Middleton rock her own stripe blouse paired with denim and flat shoes, I have been in a constant hunt for a good striped tee, as well. I found the perfect ones from Milktee, and online shop that specializes in simple yet stylish apparel. Fortunately, stripe shirts are among their leading collection for tops, so it was not hard to find the right one for me. Milktee also has other tops and blouses collection that can easily make it to my fashion staple list.

Stripe shirts are attractive but not as flashy as other prints like florals and geometric. They also fit almost any season, unlike floral prints that are highly restricted to a specific trend. My stripe tees from Milk tee have been the most overused in my closet, and Although we’ve been talking about going minimalist, I am retaining three of my favorite stripe tees.


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For working girls who are not particularly fond of tailored suits and corporate dresses, button downs are definitely your best friend. It looks formal enough for a typical office day, but it can also be a casual piece for some quick errands outside of work. Power it up by pairing with an A-type skirt, or dress it down with denim pants and sneakers. It’s important to just choose button downs with good fabric to make sure that it is comfortable enough, regardless of the weather.

Cover Ups

This is another MilkTee clothing discovery for me. Aside from affordable and comfortable Milktee shirtAran_cardigans, they also have all the right types of cover ups best paired with their tops. These cover ups are the reliable pieces if you want to create a different style for your casual outfit. For instance, a cardigan blazer will easily power-up a white shirt and pants outfit. This is also more comfortable than wearing actual blazers. Right now, my cover up staples are bright red cardigan, denim jacket, and a black cardigan blazer. Nothing fancy. But highly functional.

Fashion staples are simply those favorite items that can be worn in so many ways. With that, they will always deserve a space in our closets.

The Difference Between Traditional Gates and Automated Barrier Gates

You may have encountered properties with highly automated gates, and found yourself
stuck outside due to lack of credentials. These are generally called a barrier gates, are often
seen and used in large residential properties and commercial compound to easily track or
monitor vehicle entry in the premises. This is a relatively more advanced security system
that industries and companies opted to adopt in order to minimize unauthorized entries in
their properties. Barrier gates have been proven to provide one hundred percent security,
given the right installation process.

However, several entities are still reluctant to install automated barrier gates mainly due to
the presumption that it is more expensive than the traditional gates. While this is technically
true, the long term benefits of having your own barrier gate in the property actually offsets
the cost.

Traditional Gate vs. Barrier Gate

Traditional gates are those that are literally still being manned by a person. With this type of
gate security, the property or building owner would have to hire a security staff to be
assigned at the gate, and regulate the passage of visitors and vehicles. Depending on the
security process, the security personnel may simply assign a card pass, or log every entry on
the system. While this is a good way of ensuring property security, this is also a less efficient
process compared to simply having an automated barrier gate installed.2363290_a7fc21f7

With a barrier gate, the manual security check can already be taken off from the process,
since the new and more advanced system will already do it for you. Authorized vehicle
owners only need to issue a card pass, which can then be verified thru a scanner. Once the
verification is done, the gate will automatically open. With a trusted installation process,
there may be no need for a security personnel to manually open and close the gate. With
this, your cost for the installation of the barrier gate will be easily offset by the long-term
savings from its efficiency.

The crucial part is to look for a reliable provider that can ensure the thorough installation of
the barrier gate to avoid any loopholes in the functions of the gate. If you are in Malaysia,
one of the leading provider of barrier gates is EEautomation, which has a long list of huge,
international clients you can visit them at their website, or their FB page.